Last week, AMD took the wraps off of its brand spankin’ new line of server-oriented CPUs. The Opterons have always been fairly competitive with Intel, though in recent days Intel has taken off in the low-power arena. These are definitely not that, but they definitely seem reasonable for users looking to power standalone servers, especially if you’re doing some sort of task that could stand to benefit from AMD’s powerful integrated GPUs.
Similar to the 8-core chips in the upcoming Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4, the new CPUs consume between nine and eleven watts of electricity at the low-end. The Opteron X1150 and Opteron X2150 both bring quad-core functionality, as well as support for up to 32GB of RAM. The second chip also integrates AMD’s Radeon HD8000 GPU cores.
Need to power a microserver of your own? These CPUs might be for you, with the X1150 coming in at $64 per unit, and the X2150 hitting $99 per unit, both in quantities of 1,000.