Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ Processors
Offering Industry-Leading Performance-Per-Watt and Superior Virtualization capabilities
Building on the strengths of the original Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processor, the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor represents the most thermally efficient, highest performing server and workstation processor that AMD has ever produced – while further enhancing AMD’s already leading capabilities for efficient server virtualization.
AMD Opteron processors also enable stable, long-term server and workstation solutions with industry-leading performance and energy efficiency. They’re designed to simplify your IT management — now and in the future.
Designed around a market-tested architecture, the enhanced Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor eases the transition to a virtualized environment by going way beyond mere gigahertz. Because in virtualized systems, where hardware resources are shared, performance means more than just raw clock speed. You need rapid memory access; our experience shows us that virtualized servers demand as much as 5x the memory bandwidth of standard servers. You also need massive I/O capabilities to address the contention for shared storage space. Which is why our Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processor was built on AMD Direct Connect Architecture, an innovative technology that directly connects the processor core to memory, so big workload spikes aren't a problem
Featuring AMD Virtualization™ (AMD-V™) technology with Rapid Virtualization Indexing, Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors provide a balanced approach to improve virtualization efficiency, enabling more virtual machines to run per server for server consolidation and improved manageability. Increased performance for many virtual workloads allows for a higher performing, more flexible virtual environments with little or no performance compromise. AMD-V Extended Migration provides full live migration compatibility from single-core through quad-core processor solutions enabling a more reliable, more adaptable IT environment.
The enhanced Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors are designed to deliver industry-leading power efficiency, thanks to Enhanced AMD PowerNow!™ technology, AMD CoolCore™ Technology and the addition of innovative AMD Smart Fetch Technology. These innovations are designed to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO), data center power needs, and cooling costs by lowering the energy consumption of your IT infrastructure. Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors deliver performance-on-demand capabilities for optimum performance-per-watt and power savings and optimize performance and power to match the compute workloads of each core, minimizing processor heat and energy consumption.
What’s more, our performance-per-watt leadership ensures maximum efficiency under full loads or at idle, making the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor the ideal engine for highly efficient virtualized environments.
The enhanced Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor delivers performance that goes way beyond mere gigahertz. Optimized for virtualization, the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor thrives in dynamic, shared environments by excelling in three critical ways: processor throughput, I/O, and memory management. With the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor in your datacenter, you can start powering through compute intensive tasks, like database applications and webserving, more easily than ever.
Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors with Direct Connect Architecture are designed for optimum multi-threaded application performance. We start with a native quad-core design — featuring four cores on a single piece of silicon for more efficient data sharing — and add an enhanced cache structure and integrated memory controller designed to sustain multi-threaded application throughput. Direct Connect Architecture is a tested and proven architecture — in market since 2003, and available only from AMD.
By leveraging AMD’s Common Core Strategy and Same Socket Technology, Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors are designed to minimize changes to your software and data center infrastructure to protect your IT investment and simplify IT management. AMD’s Common Core Strategy eases technology transitions, can reduce maintenance costs, and helps preserve your IT software image by allowing for fewer upgrade disruptions. Same socket technology enables seamless hardware upgrades by maintaining consistent thermal envelopes across multiple CPU generations to help hardware longevity and performance per watt, while easing facilities planning. AMD plans include a stable consistent roadmap and well-timed transitions to match true enterprise environments and help minimize your IT TCO.