To keep the pressure on Intel prior to the opening of the Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco this week, AMD have made a swift move with the release of three new Dual-Core Opteron processors.
These are the 185, 285, and 885 models which each run at 2.6GHz with 1MB L2 cache per core (2MB total). They only differ in that the 185 is single processor limited, the 285 able to sit in a dual processor motherboard, and the flagship 885 capable of slotting into an octo board (8 processors / 16 cores).
AMD's official announcement can be found here folks.
Sunnyvale, Calif. -- March 6, 2006 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced three new models in the Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ processor family that lead the industry in x86 performance and performance-per-watt capabilities. The new Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors help minimize overall server power consumption and cooling requirements.
The Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor Model 885 for up to eight-way/16-core enterprise-class servers and Model 285 for high performance two-way/four-core workstations and servers are immediately available. The Model 185 for one-way/two-core servers and workstations is expected to be available within 30 days. All three models deliver the highest performance available for x86 servers and power consumption remains within AMD's standard thermal envelope.