The Magny-Cours Launch Huge for AMD

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Apr 6, 2010

AMD launched its 12-core Opteron 6100 processor, codenamed Magny-Cours, on the 29th, and Intel followedn up with its launch of the 8-core Nehalem EX Xeons. According to this Ars Technica report, the Magny-Cours launch is a huge one for AMD, with its platform-level innovations like Direct Connect 2.0, support for virtualized I/O, power efficiency, and relatively low cost.

The x86 server war heated up significantly with new offerings from Intel and AMD.

"AMD actually launched ten different processors at a range of clockspeeds (1.7 to 2.3GHz) and core counts (8 and 12); all of these parts make up the Opteron 6000 series, which is aimed at two- and four-socket configurations. These two configs represent the bulk of the server market, and AMD is aiming to be the value player here.

"In terms of micro architecture, the new Opterons don't differ significantly from their predecessors, or indeed from the previous few generations. The addition of support for virtualized I/O is the main change a the core level, a change that brings AMD up to par with Intel's Nehalem parts in their level of virtualization support."

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