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Oct 5, 2011

AMD Opteron 3200 Series CPUs Also Show Up

AMD is getting ready to take the server market by assault with an impressive series of Opteron processors based on the high-performance Bulldozer architecture, and latest reports suggest the company is also working on single-socket versions of these chips which will be released into the Opteron 3200 product line.

AMD hasn't released any single-socket Opteron parts since early 2009 as in the last two year the chip maker has decided to concentrate its efforts on the multi-socket server market.

However, judging by the limited information that was uncovered by CPU-World, AMD is now looking to get back into the workstation and uni-socket server space with the introduction of the Opteron 3200 series.

As far as we know, Opteron 3200 CPUs are based on the same Valencia core as the Opteron 4200 series SKUs we reported about earlier today and the chips uncovered so far include either four or eight computing cores.

Two of the processors discovered, the Opteron 3250 EE and 3260 EE, are low-voltage parts with a TDP of just 45W, while the other CPU, the Opteron 3280 HE, has a TDP of 65W.

The two low-voltage processors come with only two Bulldozer modules for a total of four computing cores and have a base clock of 2.5GHz and 2.7GHz, respectively.

The amount of L3 cache size installed is different from that of FX-series desktop processors, but the exact value isn't known.

As far as the Opteron 3280 HE is concerned this includes eight processing cores, has a base frequency of 2.4GHz and its Level 3 cache memory size is set at a full 8MB.

No information regarding the release date of these Opteron 3200-series server CPUs is available at this time, but they should arrive in Q4 of 2011, most probably together with the first Opteron 6200 and Opteron 4200 parts.


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