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AMD announces AMD Opteron Model Number strategy

AMDMB.com referring to an official source from AMD, posted company’s model number strategy for AMD Opteron processors, which are expected on April, 22.

According to this information, new workstation and server 64-bit AMD Opteron will have a 3-digit index (model numbers of current AMD Athlon line remain the same.)

The first digit will stand for maximum amount of processors in systems solution is suited for.

  • AMD Opteron processor 100 Series (i.e. Model 1XX) = 1-way server
  • AMD Opteron processor 200 Series (Model 2XX) = 2-way server
  • AMD Opteron processor 800 Series (Model 8XX) = up to 8-way server

The second and third digits will mean processor performance relative to other chips of this family. I.e. Model 244 will provide higher performance than Model 242. This doesn’t imply any direct connection between model number and clock rate.

They write AMD approved this strategy having consulted with end users and customers. Model numbers will start from x4x not to confuse users by x10, x20 or x30 numbers which might result in mistaking Model 224 with 2.4GHz chip, etc.

In other words, new model numbering simplifies and confuses at the same time: for example, "AMD Opteron 262" will inform customer on chip class, leaving its actual specs veiled. The company explains this with the fact that actual clock speeds is not the most critical factor for total server performance. However, I’m afraid we’ll have to provide the clock speed in the news after the model number similar to Athlon XP/MP. Or we have nothing to rely on.

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