Dell is among a number of server makers expected to take advantage of new Opteron processor offerings from Advanced Micro Devices.
AMD on Feb. 14 is rolling out five new Opteron 6100 Series chips that offer high core counts and speed bumps that continue to push the company's drive for greater performance and lower power consumption. The new chips include the 12-core 6166 HE for dense form factors and blade systems, the mainstream Opteron 6176 -- AMD officials say the mainstream chips account for about 80 percent of the Opterons sold -- and the 6180 SE, for high-end workloads like HPC (high-performance computing) and large databases. Frequencies range from 1.8GHz for the 6166 HE to 2.5GHz for the 6180 SE.
The new eight-core chips are the Opteron 6140 and 6132 HE. Clock speeds for these chips processors are 2.2GHz and 2.6GHz, respectively.
"These are pretty straight-forward speed bumps," Steve Denski, product manager for AMD's Server Division, said in an interview with eWEEK. "With these speed bumps, we maintain our performance lead [over rival Intel]."
Dell is taking advantage of these new chips. The systems maker is updating 17 PowerEdge servers with chips from both AMD and Intel, the company announced Feb. 14. However, at the center of Dell's push is the introduction of the new PowerEdge C6145, a system aimed at the HPC and hyper-scale spaces that offers two four-socket nodes in a 2U (3.5-inch) chassis. The C6145 can put 96 cores and 1 terabyte of storage into the 2U space, and offers a shared infrastructure design, where such components as power supplies are shared by the two nodes.