Starting Aug. 6, AMD will offer two dual-core Opterons—the 8222 and the 2222—each with a clock speed of 3GHz. Both of these processors offer up to 2MB of L2 cache and thermal envelopes of 95 watts. The Opteron 2222 sells for $698 per 1,000 units shipped, while the 8222 model is priced at $1,514.
In addition, the Sunnyvale, Calif., company will also offer the Opteron 1222, again running at 3GHz and with a 2MB of L2 cache, but with a thermal envelope of 103 watts. Starting price for this processor is $360 per 1,000 units shipped, according to the company’s Web site.
Finally, AMD also is releasing two high-performance dual-core processors. The Opteron 8224 SE and the Opteron 2224 SE each are clocked at 3.2GHz and also offer a total of 2MB of L2 cache. Both chips also use thermal envelopes of 119 watts.
AMD may be trying to build a little market momentum to cushion against the expected under performance of Barcelona when it first comes out
When it’s first released, Barcelona will offer a clock speed of 2GHz, which some analysts said is below expectations. At a recent meeting of analysts, Randy Allen, vice president of AMD’s server division, said the company will increase the speed of its offerings soon after the initial launch.