AMD launches Socket F Opterons

As previously announced, AMD has finally
unveiled its “next-generation” Opterons for Socket F
. Like existing
Socket AM2 Athlon 64 chips, the Socket F Opterons support DDR2 memory
and hardware virtualization features known as AMD-V. The processors slip into a new land grid
array-style socket called Socket F. This new socket increases pin
count from the previous 940 pins to a massive 1,207 pins. AMD says
Socket F will play host to its upcoming quad-core Opterons, which have just taped out and are still on track for a mid-2007 launch. The initial Socket F Opteron launch lineup is as follows:

Speed

Sockets Power Price
Opteron
8220 SE
3.0GHz 8 120W $2,649
Opteron
8218
2.6GHz 8 95W $2,149
Opteron
8216
2.4GHz 8 95W $1,514
Opteron
8214
2.2GHz 8 95W $1,165
Opteron
8212
2.0GHz 8 95W $873
Opteron
8216 HE
2.4GHz 8 68W $1,832
Opteron
8214 HE
2.2GHz 8 68W $1,340
Opteron
8212 HE
2.0GHz 8 68W $1,019
Opteron
2220 SE
3.0GHz 2 120W $1,165
Opteron
2218
2.6GHz 2 95W $873
Opteron
2216
2.4GHz 2 95W $698
Opteron
2214
2.2GHz 2 95W $523
Opteron
2212
2.0GHz 2 95W $377
Opteron
2210
1.8GHz 2 95W $255
Opteron
2216 HE
2.4GHz 2 68W $786
Opteron
2214 HE
2.2GHz 2 68W $611
Opteron
2212 HE
2.0GHz 2 68W $450
Opteron
2210 HE
1.8GHz 2 68W $316

These new processors are all dual-core CPUs with 1MB of L2 cache per core and support for
DDR2 memory speeds of up to 667MHz (but only 533MHz if all eight memory
banks are filled.) AMD introduced some 1000-series Opterons with
DDR2-800 memory support for Socket AM2, but the company’s price
list
doesn’t reveal pricing for these chips. The Opteron
model number page
says they are clocked between 1.8GHz and 2.6GHz
with a power rating of 103W, though.

A server processor launch wouldn’t be complete without new machines from
major manufacturers, and AMD isn’t being left out on that front. IBM is
joining the new Opteron launch party with five brand-new servers, Sun has revamped
its entire Opteron-based lineup to accommodate the new chips, and HP
plans to add the new Opterons to six servers and an undisclosed number
of future workstations. Lesser-known manufacturers including Egenera,
Rackable Systems, and Supermicro are also coming out with new Opteron systems.

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