Opteron 3200 series plugs into AM3+ socket

AMD has unveiled a new processor family aimed at web hosting providers. The low-cost, Bulldozer-based Opteron 3200 series is designed to offer “enterprise-class reliability” at desktop prices—and for Socket AM3+ motherboards.

AMD hasn’t updated its Opteron pricing chart with full specs and pricing for the new models. However, the footnotes of the press release reveal some details. Apparently, the Opteron 3250 will cost just $99, while the 3260 and 3280 will run $125 and $229, respectively. Those first two parts are quad-core models with 45W thermal envelopes. The Opteron 3280 has eight cores and a 65W TDP.

AMD doesn’t quote clock speeds for each model, but it does say the Opteron 3200 series features base clock speeds of 2.7GHz and Turbo speeds of “up to” 3.7GHz. The eight-core offerings have 16MB of total cache, while the quads make do with half that. A memory speed of 1866MHz is supported on all models, but only with one DIMM hanging off each of the CPU’s dual memory channels. Using more DIMMs will require falling back to 1600MHz.

AMD says the Opteron 3200 series is already shipping in solutions from Dell, Fujitsu, MSI, and Tyan. Socket AM3+ motherboards can accommodate the new Opterons, too, although they likely haven’t received the same reliability and validation testing as their server-bound counterparts.

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    • pogsnet
    • 8 years ago
    • maxxcool
    • 8 years ago

    Screw AMD… used to like you guys. Now I !@#$ing hate you. I hope you all die.

      • ronch
      • 8 years ago

      Give them a break. Processors are really complex and AMD’s R&D budget is a small fraction of what Intel spends to have some other company design their logos. The FX may not be the SB killer many hoped it would be but given AMD’s budget, I think they practically fed 5,000 people with 2 fishes and 5 loaves of bread.

        • maxxcool
        • 8 years ago

        no, they sunk lower than intel. every time I read “8 core 8xxx cpu” or “6 core or 4 core” cpu I literally fill with rage. Such a bold face lie and copt out. Hate…. lot’s of it.

          • maxxcool
          • 8 years ago

          The tragedy is I love my 1090t. But there current lie of a product makes me want to stab kittens, old people and babies…

    • ronch
    • 8 years ago

    Are these models unlocked? What about the Socket G34 and C32 Opterons?

    • flip-mode
    • 8 years ago

    Other than the nice power consumption, do these offer any advantages over desktop models?

      • tbone8ty
      • 8 years ago

      wonder if these will be like the classic Opteron 165-180’s of the old school 939 pin days. 😉

      here’s to hoping!

      • ronch
      • 8 years ago

      More stringent testing / validation. But that doesn’t necessarily translate into better reliability.

      • Bensam123
      • 8 years ago

      What I was thinking too… might be different if they offered more cores… I could see a lot of people going :d

    • Deanjo
    • 8 years ago

    So in other words they are FX rebradge that had memory controllers that didn’t meet spec.

      • tbone8ty
      • 8 years ago

      what are you talking about? these have 45w and 65w TDP’s and the memory controller is the same as regular FX’s

        • Deanjo
        • 8 years ago

        Drop the clocks on the FX’s to match and you will fall into the same TDP range. The FX’s memory controller also allows for 4 dimms running @ 1866, these drop to 1600 with 4 dimms.

          • Anonymous Coward
          • 8 years ago

          It appears you’re doing your best to see this in the worst light possible.

            • Deanjo
            • 8 years ago

            Not really, just calling a spade a spade.

            • Anonymous Coward
            • 8 years ago

            I am deeply shocked that you believe your opinion is balanced.

            • Deanjo
            • 8 years ago

            Do you have anything to refute on a technical basis which is what my observation is made on?

            • Anonymous Coward
            • 8 years ago

            Don’t bother using a phrase like “technical basis”, and don’t bother referring to your idea as an “observation,” when all you’ve got to go on is a reduced rated memory speed. AMD could have easily made the change to reduce the maximum power draw of the memory controller. You have no idea; you’re just making crap up.

      • ronch
      • 8 years ago

      No. AMD is saving those chips for the Phenom II X8 lineup they’re planning to roll out.

      • Krogoth
      • 8 years ago

      Have you realize that it is mostly likely because the memory controller is set to deal with JEDEC spec DIMMs and the CPU itself is meant to be paired with ECC memory? (FYI, the fastest ECC DDR3 modules only go up to 1600Mhz).

        • Deanjo
        • 8 years ago

        Your argument would hold merit if it wasn’t for the fact that JEDEC does not specify dropping the supported speed based on the number of DIMMS. It’s maximum is 1600 Mhz reguardless of the number in use so running @ 1866 in two dimm mode is also running out of spec.

    • zdw
    • 8 years ago

    AMD has always been great in this area – witness the HP Microserver:

    [url<]http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF05a/15351-15351-4237916-4237918-4237917-4248009.html?dnr=1[/url<] Something similar with more CPU oomph would be a great application for this chip.

      • tay
      • 8 years ago

      Would be interested in something like this as well. Especially if it came with ECC.

        • stdRaichu
        • 8 years ago

        Ditto; as long as you’re not doing anything too CPU-intensive, AMD is great for a low-budget VM workstation without the VT-x hobbling that Intel likes to play games with, such as on my 2600K. Or just a plain good bang-for-buck workstation all round.

        AFAICR all the Asus 990X and 990FX support ECC and I imagine the Gigabyte boards are similar.

        • zdw
        • 8 years ago

        ECC is possible with most AMD CPU’s/boards – unlike Intel it isn’t restricted to their workstation/server class gear.

        I’m running 8GB of ECC DDR3-1333 with a Phenom II X6 on an ASUS board. Works great, and gives me a bit of peace of mind.

          • FuturePastNow
          • 8 years ago

          All AMD processors support ECC, but few motherboards. ECC memory requires some additional traces on the board and not many companies bother. ASUS is somewhat exceptional in that regard.

            • Krogoth
            • 8 years ago

            Correction, the majority of memory controllers on AMD CPU have ECC support. The low-end Athlon X2s and Fusion chips don’t have ECC support (the market they gear towards don’t need it).

            Motherboard support is limited to certain boards that are geared towards enterprise/workstation crowd. Like you said, ASUS is one of the few vendor that do go the extra mile and offer ECC support on a number of non-workstation/server boards.

            You just need to research the motherboard carefully to make sure it has ECC support. 😉

    • dpaus
    • 8 years ago

    Interesting; this could be extremely cost-effective for solutions providers like us (delivering Java-based enterprise solutions).

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