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Wednesday, 22 September 2010 12:13

Users can't get enough cores

Written by Nick Farell
amd

AMD claims
AMD claims that server customers want more cores. John Fruehe, director of product marketing for server/workstation products at AMD said that the latest twelve-core microprocessors for servers are more popular than eight-core Opteron chips among server customers.

The fact proves that customers prefer to have larger amount of cores amid lower amount of servers since this generally provides higher performance per watt ratio.

Speaking to Xbit labs Fruehe said that looking through sales data for the first half of 2010, 12-core processors clearly outsold their 8-core counterparts. “I was expecting that there would be a slight bias towards the 12-core, but I figured there were plenty of applications where the extra clock speed of an 8-core might be popular. I was wrong, customers are voting with their budgets, and cores matter," Fruehe said.

Most punters want to run a virtualization machine per core, so with twelve-core processors, their consolidation can get very dense. But with with 24 cores in a 2P server, there are plenty of resources to allow all of the VMs to have plenty of access to compute power whenever they need it.

Next year AMD is releasing 16 core Bulldozer-based products.

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-49 #1 fudzillalololo 2010-09-22 12:23
Wow, who could've though that better CPUs with more cores are more popular among servers that require more cores.

You must be a sky wizard.
 
 
+49 #2 Nerdmaster 2010-09-22 13:24
Quoting fudzillalololo:
Wow, who could've though that better CPUs with more cores are more popular among servers that require more cores.

You must be a sky wizard.


The market is much more complicated than what you think. A wrong move like nvidia did with fermi and you have to face severe consequences.
 
 
-15 #3 GrumpyOldMan 2010-09-22 15:40
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32 core CPU.

2 core apps.

64-bit OS

16-32 bit apps + WoW emulator.

I just don't see the math here.

.
 
 
+31 #4 SolidSteel144 2010-09-22 16:28
My folding machines need more cores! 8)
 
 
-5 #5 droid_hunter 2010-09-22 19:30
First it was about how fast the CPU was, now its about how many cores they have. What will they think of next?
 
 
+6 #6 function69 2010-09-22 22:21
That should play Tetris pretty well
 
 
+3 #7 GrumpyOldMan 2010-09-23 01:29
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Quoting SolidSteel144:
My folding machines need more cores! 8)


Forgot bout the GPU. I gave up counting new proteins cuz of the electric bills.

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0 #8 Fud_u 2010-09-23 02:45
10 min of video rendering in Premiere CS4 whop my 4 core @$$es. I think I need more core.
 
 
+2 #9 jeffkro 2010-09-23 04:34
Huh, I guess I'm not geeky enough to need more then two. I use my laptop for web surfing and multimedia. I mostly get excited about the power savings of the new chips. Longer laptop battery life and lower energy bill for my HTPC. My current HTPC costs somewhere over $100 a year in electricity. I can't wait for zacate.
 
 
+3 #10 jeffkro 2010-09-23 04:35
Quoting droid_hunter:
First it was about how fast the CPU was, now its about how many cores they have. What will they think of next?


Low energy.
 

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