AMD Introduces Two New Low Power Opteron 6300 Series Processors

Subject: Processors | January 22, 2014 - 11:12 PM |
Tagged: server, piledriver, opteron 6300, amd, 32nm

AMD has updated its Opteron 6300 series lineup with two new processors with lower TDPs. Previously code-named "Warsaw," the Opteron 6370P and Opteron 6338P boast 99W TDPs and 12 and 16 Piledriver cores respectively.

The chips are similar to the existing Opteron 6300-series chips including the 32nm manufacturing process, dual die design, and the use of AMD's older Piledriver CPU cores instead of the latest Steamroller cores found in AMD's new Kaveri APUs. According to Supermicro, the lower 99W TDP parts offer up to 27% higher performance/watt compared to the existing "Abu-Dhabi" 6300 CPUs.

The Opteron 6338P is a twelve core processor clocked at 2.3 GHz base and 2.8 GHz turbo. The Opteron 6370P is a sixteen core part clocked at 2.0 GHz base and 2.5 GHz turbo. As such, the chips are two six and two eight-core silicon dies in one package respectively. The chips have 16MB of L3 cache and support the same instruction sets as the existing 6300 lineup including FMA3, BMI, and F16c. The new chips use AMD's Socket G34 which supports up to 4 sockets (dual die processors) per motherboard.

The new 99W 12-core 6338P and 16-core 6370P are available now for $377 and $598 respectively. The chips will be used in servers from Supermicro and Sugon, and purchasable directly from system integrators including Avnet and Penguin. AMD is aiming these chips at large data centers and cloud computing tasks. While the drop to 99W from the top-end series' 140W TDP does not seem like much, it makes a dramatic difference in the data center world where the electricity costs for racks of servers adds up rapidly.

Source: Ars Technica

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January 23, 2014 | 05:25 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

There's no shame in proofreading, Mr Verry.

January 23, 2014 | 03:01 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Ah, sorry for the typos, I gave it another pass.

January 24, 2014 | 01:33 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

No mention of AMD's own SeaMicro server division/acquisition who, for sure, will be using these chips, and funny thing, AMD owns SeaMicro, and SeaMicro will sell servers based on Intel server chip SKUs, if that's what the server customer wants, at a slight markup and profit to AMD's wallet. Business is funny, but if there is money to be made.

January 24, 2014 | 02:15 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

He did mention it briefly but if you are interested in more ...

January 24, 2014 | 01:39 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

hey guys you might actually want to REALLY RESIZE this picture.

January 26, 2014 | 02:57 AM - Posted by Scott Michaud

If you mean because the processor is a rectangle then no, it is not an aspect ratio issue. That is what the processor actually looks like.

January 24, 2014 | 06:44 PM - Posted by Gikero

Do these processors have 16MB of L3 cache and no L2 cache?

January 25, 2014 | 12:59 PM - Posted by Tim (not verified)

I do NJ it remember off hand but they have the same amount of l2 cache as the abu dhabi chips.

January 25, 2014 | 03:04 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Maybe AMD will release a Steamroller based 16 core version later, and bin the parts that don't make the grade(defective module, etc) into a 10+ core consumer SKU, and sell that as a desktop enthusiast part. AMD could then remain in the desktop race with Intel, and have a way to recover some of the defective chips in its ramp up to a future Steamroller based server chip.

AMD could ship the new enthusiast SKU with a pacifier(in an enthusiast color scheme) and a note that says: We have not forgot about our desktop CPU enthusiasts, while we try to remain in business!

Those Mobile SKUs do pay the bills, as well as the more mainstream parts, for AMD! Same could be said for Intel, mainstream parts wise, as enthusiast SKUs development costs are always subsidized, by the Server and mainstream SKU's sales!

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