My new desktop pc has a dual core processor and we all know quad core processors has been around the market for quite a while now. But did you know that AMD has recently unveiled the world’s first six-core server processor?
The world’s first six-core server processor, with Direct Connect Architecture, is code-named “Istanbul”. AMD claims these new processors will deliver up to 34% more performance per watt, and will be available beginning this month from leading OEMs including Cray, Dell, HP, IBM and Sun Microsystems. HE, SE and EE versions of the new processor are planned for the second half of 2009.
Additional feature of the new six-core processor include:
– HyperTransport Technology Assist, which reduces cache probe traffic between processors, which can result in faster queries and increased performance for database, virtualization, and compute intensive applications.
– HyperTransport 3.0 Technology, increases interconnect rate from 2GT/s to 4.8GT/s. * Integrated DDR2 DRAM Memory Controller, incorporates Memory RAS for increased fault tolerance to reduce system downtime and increase system reliability.
– Independent Dynamic Core Technology, allows each core to vary its frequency, based on the specific needs of the application. This allows for more precise power management to reduce energy consumption.
– AMD CoolCore Technology, evaluates which parts of the system are needed to support currently running applications and can cut power to unused transistor areas to reduce power consumption and lower heat generation.
– AMD Smart Fetch Technology, allows inactive cores to write contents of their L1 and L2 caches to the shared L3 cache and allow the inactive cores to enter a “halt” state and draw less power, reducing CPU power consumption.
Shown below is a video of AMD “Istanbul” processor performance demo.
[Source: AMD press release here]
I’ve previously write about the craziness behind processor speeds and still find it confusing to fully understand what’s the real new improvements or breakthroughs (apart from smaller die size) in the processor and microprocessor industry.
I think most of us will just save the hassle and buy the newest computer with the greatest processor, don’t you agree?