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AMD's new Operon 6300 processors are aimed at virtualised data centres.

Based on the company's Piledriver architecture, the AMD Opteron 6300 server processors are intended for use with virtualised servers.

In addition to "industry-leading performance" on the Specjbb2005 benchmark, the 6300 also delivers up to 40% higher performance per watt compared with the 6200.

AMD also claims "impressive results" for high-performance computing applications such as LAMMPS and NAMD3, which are used in molecular dynamics.

The 6300 family ranges from the $293 6320 (2.8GHz, eight cores, boostable to 3.3GHz) to the $1392 6386 SE (2.8GHz, 16 cores, boostable to 3.5GHz).

The chips incorporate AMD-V virtualisation technology for near native performance, up to four x16 HyperTransport links (up to 6.4GT/s), and support up to 384GB of RAM per processor.

"Across global IT organisations, cost-effective, scalable performance is a core requirement to support cloud computing, server consolidation, and highly threaded workloads common in HPC, big data and other areas," said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, general manager of AMD's server business unit.

"The key to a winning solution for customers is working with OEMs and other solution providers to minimise TCO with a combination of cost-effectiveness and superior performance per-watt.

"AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors are uniquely positioned to be the difference-maker customers are seeking," he added.

6300 processors are available immediately; servers from Dell and HP should ship by the end of the year.

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