AMD has slashed prices on a range of its dual-core Opteron server processors as it prepares to launch new chip technology.
Wholesale prices for the dual-core Opteron 280 and Opteron 880 processors have been reduced by 34% and 43% respectively, on bundles of 1,000 processors.
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Users will now wait and see if much cheaper Opteron-based dual-core servers come onto the market, as AMD clears out existing stock.
Dual-core processing sees two processors fixed onto a single piece of silicon to boost processing speeds and reduce energy consumption.
AMD plans to add DDR 2 memory support to its Opteron processors by the middle of this year. DDR 2 can deliver faster speeds than the DDR (double data rate) memory currently supported by AMD's chips.
The new chips will also use a new socket to connect the processor to the machine’s motherboard. This socket is not compatible with existing dual-core Opteron processors.
The new socket technology will allow AMD server suppliers to put four-core Opteron processors into the same motherboards used by upcoming dual-core chips.