Advanced Micro Devices has quietly added dual-core AMD Opteron processors with boosted clock-speeds into the lineup less than two weeks before introducing its quad-core Opteron chips. The new central processing units belong to the so-called “Special Edition” (SE) family of chips that has higher power consumption compared to typical AMD Opteron processors, but also offer a bit higher performance.
The new chips that AMD made available on Thursday are AMD Opteron processors 8224 SE and 2224 SE that operate at 3.20GHz, have thermal design power (TDP) 120W and are intended for multi-processor (MP) and dual-processor (DP) machines, respectively. In addition, AMD introduced models 8222, 2222 and 1222 that operate at 3.0GHz, but have mainstream 95W and 103W TDP.
The new chips from AMD are immediately available from AMD solution provider partners around the world. In 1000-unit quantities AMD charges $873 for the model 2224 SE, whereas the model 8224 SE costs $2149.