We're in Milan attending an event where AMD will be delivering its first 12-core, Magny-cours based AMD Opteron 6000 processor family in Acer (actually Gateway) servers.
Other vendors including the likes of HP, Dell as well as super computers specialist SGI and Cray will be shipping the processor range as well. IBM is notably absent from the list although we expect Big Blue to come out with one at a later stage.
AMD claims that the new Opteron 6000 series will be up to twice as fast as the old hexa-core Opteron processors on some benchmarks. More specifically, AMD underlines an 88 percent increase in integer performance and 120 percent in floating point performance; however, real life performance is probably going to be much closer.
The Opteron 6000 range will be manufactured on a 45nm manufacturing process as reported previously. Also worth mentioning is the fact that the new AMD Opteron chips can be dropped into existing servers and workstations.
The announcement of the new chips come only two weeks after Intel launched a raft of new Intel Xeon processors based on the Westmere-EP series with more coming tomorrow as the Nehalem-EX series goes live.
As far as pricing is concerned, the Opteron 6100 series start from only $266 for the eight core Opteron running at 1.7Ghz all the way to $1386 for the 12-core model clocked at 2.4Ghz.
Find out more about our coverage of AMD Opteron family here.
AMD will know about the fate of its Opteron line tomorrow with the release of the Nehalem-EX series. Early benchmarks show that even the new Opteron can't pull ahead significantly from the Xeon range launched two weeks ago. When the Nehalem-EX series come out tomorrow, things will get worse.