Dell unleashes quad-core Opteron servers

Hot on the heels of its rival HP, Dell has released a set of PowerEdge servers based on AMD's quad-core Opteron processors. For those just tuning in, AMD launched its quad-core Opterons in September but halted shipments when the translation lookaside buffer (TLB) erratum came to light. New servers from Dell and HP are based on the fresh B3 stepping of the chips, which resolves the erratum but only began shipping last month.

Dell's quad-core Opteron server lineup includes the new PowerEdge 6950 quad-socket server platform as well as four dual-socket platforms: the PowerEdge SC1435 1U rack server, PowerEdge 2970 2U rack server, PowerEdge M605 blade server, and PowerEdge T605 tower server. According to Dell, the T605 can outperform HP's Intel Xeon-based ProLiant ML350 G5 tower server by 23%. Of course, as we just stated, HP also offers server systems based on quad-core Opteron CPUs.

The five new PowerEdge machines are all available for purchase directly from Dell's website. Prices start at $2,405 for the 1U-sized PowerEdge SC1435 and go up to $8,057 for the quad-socket 6950, although quad-core Opterons don't come as standard in all models. For instance, the SC1435 comes with a single 2GHz dual-core Opteron 2212 by default, but its price goes up to $2,704 with a pair of 2GHz quad-core Opteron 2350 CPUs.

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