The processor market is a pretty tough one with the big two trying to outdo each other with a range of new models. Just recently we saw the release of nine new AMD Opteron processors, but what makes these so special is that they are aimed at Cloud computing. So what makes these processors so special that they are better for Cloud computing?
Firstly we’d like to inform you that the new AMD Opteron processors consist of the 3300 and 4300 Series, which are entry-level and mid-range CPUs, and where they differ from the previous generation is not only are they more energy efficient but also offers an increased performance as well. AMD say that these characteristics make them perfect for not only web hosts but Cloud providers also.
To truly understand how much better these new processors are and to also see how they fair against each other then you can view these benchmark tests, which not only looks at the power bands but also Workload/Applications as well. You’ll see that there are three models in the 3300 series; these are the AMD Opteron 3380, 3350 HE and the 3320 E, with speeds of 2.6 GHz, 2.8 GHz and 1.9 GHz respectively.
As for the 4300 Series this consists of 6 new models, which are the AMD Opteron 4386, 4376 HE, 4340, 4334, 4332 HE and the 4310 EE, with clock speeds ranging from 2.2GHz to 3.5GHz. You can see a full list of these below, which also shows you their L3 cache and their TDP. Looking over the AMD Opteron 3300 and 4300 Series price list we were pretty impressed considering their specs, with the former starting at $125-$229 and the latter at $191 to $501. You can see a full price list by visiting AMD.
What’s more important overall performance or a cheaper price bracket? While a number of businesses will grab these new AMD processors with open arms because of a more aggressive pricing and the fact that they use 15 percent less power, we’re certain that they’ll still find it a little hard to compete with Intel’s Xeon range, although considering the current economy we wouldn’t rule AMD out just yet.