AMD throws Opteron 6000 8-core and 12-core CPUs into ring

It has only been a short while since Intel pulled the wraps off its Gulftown CPUs. AMD has now tossed its own new server platform CPUs into the ring with the introduction of the new AMD Opteron 6000 series CPUs with 8-cores and 12-cores.

The new CPUs are aimed at sever users and machines using the new line will be coming from HP, Dell, Acer, Cray, and SGI. AMD claims that the new parts are the industry's only server processors performing at up to twice the level of previous generation 6-core parts from AMD.

AMD claims that the processors offer 88% more integer performance and 119% more floating point performance than other processors. The parts have an enhanced memory controller supporting up to four channels of DDR3 memory. The CPUs also have a number of features to improve stability and reduce power consumption. The processors range in price up to $1,386 each.