The new Six-Core AMD OpteronT processor, codenamed "Istanbul," features improved I/O capability, up to 34% more performance in the same power and thermal envelopes, and a consistent socket. But the real emphasis is on what that all means to our customers.
"I have to commend AMD on being able to bring a product to market that allows customers to leverage their existing Opteron server infrastructure rather than having to go out and buy all new servers, as it is with the Nehalem. This is a product that makes a lot more sense for the current economy where server sales have slumped by the major vendors by an average of 25 percent in in Q1 of 09 in comparison to the same quarter last year."
-Jason Perlow, ZDNet
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"It is basically a "Shanghai" Opteron with 2 extra cores and a slightly tweaked memory controller. What is more impressive, though, is that AMD is capable of launching a hex-core at 2.6 GHz today, a CPU that consumes only a few watt more than the six month older quad-core at 2.7 GHz. Well done, AMD."
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"Two just-in reports suggest AMD has a success on its hands with its new 6-core Istanbul. Early tests are showing that the processor, which is a drop-in replacement on mobos supporting quad-core 'Shanghai' Opterons, delivers great performance while being very power-efficient."
-Alex Wolfe, InformationWeek
"Istanbul" Technology Zone on developer.amd.com .
Six-Core AMD OpteronT Processor product page.