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AMD beat its time to market estimates for "Istanbul"

The sluggish global economy has meant that not only were consumer computer sales down, but sales in the enterprise computing space for servers and data center computers were down significantly as well. The only thing for chipmakers like AMD and Intel to move ahead with new processors that offer more performance with power savings that help offset the cost of upgrading to new hardware.

Last week, Intel previewed its 8-core Nehalem EX server CPUs set to launch in the second half of 2009. AMD is now hitting the market with its new high-end 6-core x86 server processors codenamed Istanbul. The Istanbul Opteron processor is aimed at server markets with four or more sockets. AMD points out that the Istanbul processors are ready to go now, months before Intel is expected to begin shipping its Nehalem EX CPUs.

AMD's Istanbul CPUs are expected to start shipping this week and many of the top OEMs will be rolling out server systems powered by Istanbul processors. AMD was able to beat its original time to market estimation for Istanbul, something that will go a long way towards erasing memories of the troubled launch of the AMD Barcelona line of processors.

AMD reports that the Istanbul processors will give users a 30% increase in performance per watt with an overall performance improvement of 40 to 50% all within the same price and thermal envelope of its predecessor.

The Istanbul processors also come with other new technologies like HT Assist. AMD's John Fruehe wrote in a blog post, "[HT Assist] can give you much better throughput over the HyperTransport technology connections by reducing the amount of traffic generated by the processors in seeking the shortest path to data that they need."

HT Assist is a feature eWeek reports will make servers using the new technology more appealing to companies in the high performance computing space.

Analyst John Spooner from Technology Business research said, "The trend we're seeing is that there is a certain percentage of customers who are looking to scale down from a RISC/Itanium/mainframe-type machines to the high end of the x86 market. These customers are moving into top-of-the-line four-way and higher x86 servers."

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RE: Good Start
By atlmann10 on 6/1/2009 12:19:58 PM , Rating: 2
I am just happy to see AMD getting off there A77. I have been an AMD fan for quite some time. However, performance is still king in all regards. Therefore, if the price/performance level are not very positive there pointless.

The I7 is nice and is definitely something to compete with. Even though the performance level on them is great, is it at a level one across the platform. No to me it is not because the level of performance and the price of components (specifically) and the motherboards wash that out.

A core2 quad and the top Phenom2 (AM2/3) units are close enough to make the I7 debatable. But at a tolerable price level they win. So either you can upgrade to I7 or the top end AMD (soon to be released) for around the same price. The base of your system also has to be tolerable to make it an attractive offer. In that debate if you can get a six core opteron at roughly the same price as a bottom I7, it is very attractive and has 2 more cores.

RE: Good Start
By FaceMaster on 6/1/2009 2:53:56 PM , Rating: 3
there A77

their A55? I'm not trying to be a spelling Nazi, I just want to know what 'there A77' means. Sounds like a British road title.

RE: Good Start
By amanojaku on 6/1/2009 3:15:27 PM , Rating: 2
A77 = @$$ = AZZ

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