Apr 06

AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) released its 12-core chip on 29th March 2010. The chip is twice the previous generation chip in its Opteron line. The newly launched chip can be used mainly to cut down the software licensing costs.
Price, performance and energy usage of the chip will be the primary factors highlighted by the users while comparing the 12-core chip with Intel’s x86 chip upgrades. Other reasons for shifting towards 12-core chip will be, reduction in overall data centre space and reducing the software licensing costs. The chip will be sold in an eight core version.
MLS Property Information Network Inc., a Shrewsbury, Mass. – based company that supplies real estate data have almost 60 servers. According to its director of technology, Mr. Lavalle if AMD’s 12-core chip is upgraded in their systems, they will be able to reduce half of their servers and also the software costs would also proportionately get abridged.
There are ten pricing option offered by AMD to its customers which depend on three criteria viz. number of cores, core speeds and power. The range starts from $455 for an eight core, 1.8 GHz, 65 watt chip to $1386 for a 12-core chip, 2.3 GHz, 105 watt chip. The cost of 12-core chip would seem to be higher than the eight core chip but still it is negligible as compared to the SQL server costs.
Intel’s new invention in the form of eight core Nehalem-Ex processor also is expected in the first week of April which will be standing as a contest to AMD’s 12-core chip processor.
AMD officials stated that in conjunction with the chip count, they have upgraded their Direct Connect Architecture to improve upon CPU-to-CPU chip communication speeds by almost 33%. This depicts that the performance is the main criteria which should be taken into consideration and not the number of cores.

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