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Old 4th February 2012
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Default AMD doubles down on existing Opteron server sockets

From http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02...server_roadmap

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As El Reg anticipated earlier this week, the new upper management at AMD has come to its senses and figured out that moving to a new core and two new sockets for its Opteron line in 2012 was not a particularly good idea for its own finances, or those of the server makers who it wants to peddle Opteron-based iron. And so, that plan has been scrapped.

Instead, AMD is going to field new 32 nanometer processors based on the forthcoming "Piledriver" core design and jam them into the same G34 and C32 sockets, meaning that HP, Dell, Super Micro, IBM, Acer, and a handful of other box makers will not have to engineer new motherboards and systems.
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That's something I really like about AMD. They don't change their physical sockets all that often, and you can generally use the same motherboard/RAM for 2-3 CPU generations. It's also nice that all CPUs support the same features (IOMMU, hardware virt, etc) within a generation, with the only differentiation being frequency, number of cores, and wattage. Makes it so much easier to plan purchases.
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