AMD's Opteron processors have a prime spot in the server hierarchy, whatever some writers might think. The 2431 has six 2.4GHz cores with 512KB L2 cache each and shard 6MB L3 to keep your network running at top speed. This second generation Opteron processor takes advantage of DDR2 memory’s faster speeds. It is also ready to scale with a single, consistent platform that spans from 2P to 8P servers.
Based on the AMD64 architecture, it runs today’s 32bit x86 software and operating systems at maximum performance and efficiency while providing a 64bit upgrade path. You also get AMD’s Direct Connect Architecture (DCA) which connects the processors, integrated memory controller and I/O directly to the CPU at full speed.
The DCA combines with AMD-Virtualization to deliver a balanced approach to improve virtualization performance. This enables you to run more virtual machines per server. The integrated memory controller is integration aware so it maximizes isolation of virtual machine memory.
AMD64 Six-Core Technology AMD64 is designed to enable simultaneous 32- and 64-bit computing with no degradation in performance. With Six-Core technology, six complete processor cores on a single die run at the same frequency to deliver exceptional multi-tasking power, allowing users to surge through the most demanding processing loads, including advanced multitasking, critical business productivity, complicated visual design and modeling, serious gaming, and visually stunning digital media and entertainment.
Integrated DDR2 DRAM Memory Controller The AMD Opteron 2431 Six-core processor is integrated with a DDR2 DRAM memory controller capable of supporting registered and ECC DRAM. The integrated memory controller changes the way the processor accesses main memory, resulting in increased bandwidth, reduced memory latencies, and enhanced processor performance.
HyperTransport 3.0 Technology HyperTransport Technology (HT or HTT) is a high-speed, low latency, point-to-point link designed to increase communication speeds between integrated circuits in computers, servers, embedded systems, and networking and telecommunications equipment. With HT 3.0 technology the AMD Opteron 2431 six-core processor enjoys 57.6 GB/s system band width.
AMD Virtualization Virtualization on desktop computers allows a single PC to act like multiple virtual machines. AMD Virtualization can enable client computers to seamlessly support multiple operating environments. And it also helps make it easier for PC enthusiasts to upgrade and maintain their PCs through emulation.
AMD CoolCore Technology AMD CoolCore Technology reduces processor energy consumption by turning off unused parts of the processor. Power can be switched on or off within a single clock cycle so that energy is saved without compromising performance.
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