AMD introduces faster Opterons

Intel may have the overall performance crown in the 2P server market thanks to its quad-core "Clovertown" Xeon 5300-series chips, but AMD isn't giving up on high-end server processors. As eWeek reports, AMD has released two new dual-core Opteron CPUs that feature a 3GHz clock speed and 2MB of L2 cache (1MB per core). The new Opteron 2222 SE is aimed at dual-socket systems, while the new 8222 SE chip supports configurations with as many as eight processors.

The chips' introduction comes roughly a month and a half after the release of the desktop Athlon 64 X2 6000+, which also runs at 3GHz with 1MB of cache per core. eWeek quotes Pat Patla, AMD's director of Opteron marketing, as saying that AMD has been shipping 3GHz Opterons to server/workstation makers for the "past few months," and the chips will become widely available within a couple of weeks.

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