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AMD cranks up clock speed on Opteron chips

Antony Savvas

AMD has announced two new chips in its Opteron server range.

Unlike all previous Opteron processors, the 852 and 252 chips run at 2.6GHz rather than 2.4GHz. HP, IBM and Sun have all announced they are building new server platforms on the new processors, which are designed for one-way to eight-way x86-based servers and workstations for 32- and 64-bit computing.

The new processors will also be equipped with AMD’s PowerNow technology with optimised power management.

"This technology helps to minimise overall power consumption for enterprise IT and workstation customers by decreasing the strain on datacentre cooling and ventilation systems," said Marty Seyer, AMD corporate vice-president and general manager of the microprocessor business unit, computation products group.


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