AMD is following Intel’s Xeon E3 strategy for uniprocessor servers and is announcing the availability of the AMD Opteron 3200 series. The Opteron 3200 is a Bulldozer-based server CPU that utilizes one of AMD’s mainstream CPU sockets, socket AM3+. This is very much like what Intel does with its current Xeon E3-1200 line and is something I have been eagerly awaiting for quite awhile.
Some readers may wonder, why AMD would go with an AM3+ socket CPU over its C32 and G34 platforms. The reason is two fold, but primarily driven by cost, just as it is with the Intel Xeon E3 platform. First, the G34 platform sports quad memory channels per CPU and support for one to four processors. The C32 platform is dual memory channel design and allows single or dual socket configurations. These make the motherboards more complex and I have heard server vendors explain that the G34 platform, is very complex to trace on a relative basis (and this makes sense.) Conversely, the desktop (and now server) socket AM3+ platform is mass produced and designed with cost in mind much like the Intel Xeon E3 series.
Remember AMD is not competing clock-for-clock or top overall performance in the majority of applications with the AMD Opteron 3200 series. Instead, AMD is trying to compete with Intel by providing “good enough” performance at a much lower price across market segments. In fact, AMD is touting a $90 lower system cost for the new Opteron 3200 series processors touting “New AMD Opteron 3200 Series Processor Family Changes Industry Economics for Single-Socket, Dedicated Hosting and Cloud customers.”
Now, the reason I have been eagerly awaiting the AMD Opteron 3200 series, is simply because server quality, low-cost, tends to be a big driver in home servers. I am backed up a bit on reviews and new site features at the moment, but I will be covering the AMD Opteron 3200 series as I have long felt AMD needed this to meet the cloud/ web host needs as well as SMB/ home servers with its Opteron line.
Key Facts, Performance and Technical Detail of the AMD Opteron 3200 Series
- 45W to 65W TDP
- 2.7 GHz base frequency, up to 3.7 GHz frequency using AMD Turbo CORE technology
- 4- and 8-core options
- 2 DDR3 memory channels supporting ECC UDIMM
- 1333, 1600, 1866 MHz memory speed
- Supports 1.5V, 2Rank
- Up to 32GB memory capacity
- Supports up to 2 DIMMs per memory channel
- Total Cache: 16MB for 8-core, 8MB for 4-core
- L2 Cache: up to 8MB total
- L3 Cache: up to 8MB total
I am excited to see how the Socket AM3+ AMD Opteron 3200 series fares against the Intel Xeon E3 line. Intel has a distinct advantage in terms of the number of CPUs shipped as well as the fact that Intel is migrating the Intel Xeon E3 line to Ivy Bridge in the near future.