AMD announced its brand new 16-core Opteron 6200 processors today and we already have a review of a server with four of those chips, courtesy of Alan Stevens of ZDNet UK.
The server in question is the Dell PowerEdge R815 (opens in new tab) 2U rack server, which costs £8421 but has yet to be listed (at the time of writing) on Dell's site with the new 6200 processors; in comparison, an R815 loaded with four 12-core Opteron 6172 clocked at 2.1GHz (and the same amount of RAM as the one reviewed) costs a staggering £8881.
In effect, the new Dell server gives you 25 per cent more cores with a five per cent discount. Server administrators will be able to opt for a low power Opteron 6262HE clocked at 1.6GHz or a faster 2.6GHz Opteron 6282 SE which comes with a 140W TDP and can turbo clock to beyond 3GHz.
ZDnet's review (opens in new tab) sheds more light on the hardware inside the R815 and its 64 CPU cores (which makes for a jaw dropping sight in Windows Task Manager).
As a platform, the Opteron 6200 is nicely complemented by some nifty features like hypervisor redundancy, redundant power supply units, Dell's own Lifecycle controller and remote management and a whopping six hot-swap fans.