AMD readies 3GHz Opteron
China's HKEPC (translate here) has gotten its hands on
a new AMD
roadmap that shows 3.0GHz Opteron 256 and 856 processors. The chips
are single-core, feature 1MB of cache and a 95W TDP, and are reportedly
scheduled for an April 4 release. The Opteron 256, which is designed for
dual-CPU systems, will launch at $690. Meanwhile, the four/eight-way 856
will launch at $1,514. It's unusual to see AMD introduce a high-end
Opteron before its Athlon 64 equivalent, but following the release of
the dual-core Athlon 64 FX-60, it looks like the company has no further
plans to release high-end single-core consumer chips.
In related news, HKEPC also has the scoop on AMD's planned naming
scheme for the 1,207-pin Socket F Opteron line, as well as a
possible new Socket AM3. The current 1xx, 2xx, and 8xx Opteron model
numbers will be changed to 12xx, 22xx, and 82xx for Socket F. The extra
"2" will apparently stand for the socket format, in order to
help avoid confusion with current Socket 939 and Socket 940 siblings.
AMD also let slip the name of an upcoming Socket AM3, which should
support DDR2 and DDR3 memory. Little else is known about AM3, but
it may be a land grid array-type socket like Socket F, and it
could succeed Socket AM2 in the consumer market once AMD moves to DDR3.