Computers are becoming increasingly powerful every day. Their improving speed, performance, storage capacity continue to provide consumers better quality products. No doubt, it is impossible to do a large number of tasks without a computer in the same period and accuracy a computer can do so. There are many companies in the manufacturing field of computers. One of the prominent companies is AMD.

AMD’s new Opteron platform

Recently, AMD announced its new platform AMD Opteron 4000 Series. Accompanied with numerous new features, it is the only platform of its type which supports both 1P and 2P systems. Its versatility satisfies customers requiring flexibility and reliability in their systems. Here we will look at some of the features of this new platform:

High Performance vs. Lower Cost

Its processors’ cores consume the least in whole the world individually. This cost effectiveness makes it ideal for users of cloud and hyperscale data centers systems. It uses technologies like DDR-3 and hypertransport for reduced response time. An upside to the release is that it is also upgradeable to be suitable for upcoming technologies like “Bulldozer” (planned released is in 2011).

  • For those who want more, minimal changes can make it compatible with the AMD Opteron 6000 Series Platform for 2P and 4P systems.
  • It supports the full AMD V suites’ virtualization features including IOMMU (has improved and extended migration capabilities).
  • It also includes a full suite of AMD-P power management features and has the capacity for transporting two x16 links at up to 6.4GT/s per link (quite an impressive).
  • The AMD Opteron 4000 Series Platform has an integrated DDR3 memory controller, therefore, supporting up to 21.3 GB /s memory bandwidth with DDR3-1333. On top of this, it has dual channel support for DDR3 and LV-DDR-3.

Higher Performance vs. Less Power

The platform can work on popular power bands like 32W, 50W and 75W ACP. Its energy efficient AMD chipset allows it to support low power RDDR3 and platform-level power management while still having 2.8 times better performance than previously released processors like the AMD Opteron 2300 Series processors of 2008. The system is optimized for a 5.5KVA power budget, but can support up to 2 times more servers within that budget. Its price is about 60% less than other series’ prices like Xeon 5600 Series with an introductory price of about 100$ for the 4-core model.

What makes AMD different from Intel?

Its embedded platforms have low power AMD chipsets and graphics. The AMD Opteron 4000 Series provides full memory speed and full I/O speed on all models. Only AMD (not even Intel) provides same chipsets on all platforms. The above two features distinguish it from Intel’s products, as Intel does not providing these features.

It is, no doubt, the world’s lowest power per Core processor, a great step taken by AMD towards a “greener” world. It is done at such a time when all scientists and researcher are trying to make their products less energy consuming. Therefore, before buying an Intel product, just have a look at this amazing AMD platform and rethink your decision.