AMD's Hammer gets a new name: Opteron

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  1. Psychosematic

    Psychosematic Ancient Guru

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    While everyone was looking for a new name for the forthcoming Hammer line of processors, AMD did what we all should have expected them to do and today announced a new brand for their workstation/server microprocessors. <br>
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    As we've already announced in the past, the desktop version of AMD's Hammer core will continue to use a derivative of the Athlon name. This is akin to the Thunderbird core using the name Athlon while the Palomino core was introduced with the Athlon XP moniker. There have been many suggestions as to what the Hammer based Athlon processor should be called but you can bet it won't just be Athlon XP. Rumors such as Athlon 64 have been flying around but even AMD isn't ready to formalize a name for the highly anticipated processor due out later this year. <br>
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    One of the big announcements today is the introduction of an entirely new brand for all multiprocessor capable Hammer based parts. The name is Opteron and although it somewhat reminds us of the pain we went through when the Duron was announced, it's here to stay. The idea behind Opteron is to build off of the Latin root optimus meaning best or if you play with the translation a bit you get optimal unit or flagship. Indeed this is AMD's goal for the server/workstation processor as the Hammer was originally designed as a server/workstation part and later watered down for the desktop and mobile markets. This is a departure from the Athlon (K7) processor which was first designed as a mainstream desktop part with mobile, workstation and server parts later spun off from it. <br>
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    What will it take for a processor to be called an Opteron? According to AMD, the main distinction will be that any Hammer based processor that is DP or MP capable will be branded as an Opteron. So we'll have ClawHammer based Opterons as well as SledgeHammer based Opteron processors. AMD's official comment on whether a desktop ClawHammer based Athlon would differ architecturally from a ClawHammer based Opteron was the usual spin: the dual processor ClawHammer (Opteron) will be multiprocessing capable while the Athlon version will not. This could mean anything from the only difference being validation procedures to AMD actually limiting the next-gen Athlon to uniprocessor operation only; we simply don't know at this time.<br>
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    As far as architectural details of the Opteron, we've already given a very extensive look at the Hammer architecture in general which you can read about here (and you can see the first public demo here). It's also interesting to point out that AMD has said the maximum L2 cache size for the Opteron processor will be 1MB. This is one of the benefits of having such a high-speed memory controller, it is the closest you can get to having a very large L3 cache without wasting expensive die space but it's still interesting to see such a cap placed on the server parts this early in the game.<br>
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    Thank you anandtech.com <IMG SRC="smileys/smile.gif">
     
  2. INNOVISION

    INNOVISION Guest

    Yesssssssssssssss. AMD is the KING.
     
  3. Opteron huh? Sounds more like a damn Transformer to me than anything. Oh well what's in a name anyway? And AMD is king of what? Losing money?
     
  4. INNOVISION

    INNOVISION Guest

    Man, why you alway have to be so negative ???. All I did was say that AMD is the king , thats all. I dint say NOTHING about Intel.
     

  5. I'm not negative, man chill. But if you wanna get technical by you saying AMD is king, I guess one could take that as you're saying that Intel is not king. Calm downdude , AMD makes good chips, I just don't use them, or reccommend them.
     
  6. INNOVISION

    INNOVISION Guest

    I need to calmdown?. Iam calm as can be alright, but you were the one that started it, so you need to take a chill pill. I dint say Intel wasnt a king. Nor I type the word intel.<br><br><i>This message was edited by INNOVISION on 24 Apr 2002 06:48 PM</i>
     
  7. Arrgh nevermind, and no I wasn't talking crap to INNO. Its cool dude, just drop it, you don't understand me yet.<br><br><i>This message was edited by Sweaty Neden Armageddon on 24 Apr 2002 10:36 PM</i>
     
  8. TiTaN_KGB

    TiTaN_KGB Guest

    huh..sledgehammer.....sounds barbarian.....
     
  9. WeaZel

    WeaZel Guest

    Well nothin' like a newbie bungin' somethin' up again.<br>
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    <b>Opteron</b> will be the <i>sledge</i>hammer cored cpu intended for the server market <b>Athlon</b> will stll be the desktop name for the <i>claw</i>hammer core cpu.
     
  10. Thanks WeaZel, that's why I was trying to say in my edited post up there, but I decided better of it, the way I worded it <IMG SRC="smileys/wink.gif">
     

  11. deadweight

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    While I'm not trying to get into a flaming war here, I'm noticing a common trend. SNA, do you realy think everyone should try and 'understand' why you sometimes come off the way you do? Or do you think maybe you should try a little harder not to offend people? I've read alot of your threads and most of the time your very helpful and even polite, but dude sometimes your unnecessarily obnoxous.
     
  12. GTa86

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Originally posted by deadweight:<br>
    <b>While I'm not trying to get into a flaming war here, I'm noticing a common trend. SNA, do you realy think everyone should try and 'understand' why you sometimes come off the way you do? Or do you think maybe you should try a little harder not to offend people? I've read alot of your threads and most of the time your very helpful and even polite, but dude sometimes your unnecessarily obnoxous.</b><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><br>
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    Its a real treat when he posts tho, always a great read <IMG SRC="smileys/biggrin.gif"> <br>
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    <br><br><i>This message was edited by GTa86 on 24 Apr 2002 11:20 PM</i>
     
  13. No, I don't think anyone should have to understand me. Do what you want. I can't help the way I am, I'm honest, and have a, umm let's say "broad vocabulary". I say what it is on my mind. If I unintentionally hurt someone's feelings, or make a mistake I try to correct it, and will apologize. If someone is being a dumbass then that's their problem. I am what I am, and I don't want anyone else to be like me, think me, or am I trying to force my views upon anyone. I just try to keep things fresh and original. See like here, we are having a good conversation and learning things about people, and feelings, and the way people think. I think its healthy, and we all need to be different, that way we can learn form others. I am the way I am, and you are the way you are. I don't want attention or anything. And if that's a bad thing then let me know, cause last time I checked, I like and learn and grow. And we can only do that if are honest to ourselves, and others. And that is what I do, sorry if it pisses people off. Like I said I apologize when I am in the wrong, but if you are in the wrong, well then you get what you deserve.
     
  14. TiTaN_KGB

    TiTaN_KGB Guest

    how can sitting infornt of puter be healthy?<br>
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    I say, Lets all go and play soccer(football)...outside...but, dont forget ur laptops!
     
  15. when is amd gonna update that roadmap?..hehehe <IMG SRC="smileys/evil.gif">
     

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