A while back, I blogged about our new AMD Turbo CORE technology and how the technology helps turn the extra power headroom into additional clock speed.  Now that the products have officially launched, you can see what I was hinting about when I explained that with half of the cores active, the processor could reach even higher clock speeds.  AMD Turbo CORE technology is designed for tackling workloads that are not maximizing power consumption and have additional need for more speed. Most workloads, except for those that have heavy floating point usage, are great candidates for boosting performance with AMD Turbo CORE technology.  There are two different “p-states” (performance states) that are utilized by AMD Turbo CORE technology. P1 is the “all core boost” that we talked about previously. The P1 state boasts 300-500MHz of extra performance across all cores, even the 16-core models. Most of the boost that customers will notice will be in this P1 state.  The P0 state is what customers will see if half of the cores are in idle and in C6 state; this level of boost will deliver 600-1300MHz of additional performance.

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If you’re wondering why the 4-core part does not have any boost capability, it’s because it is a specialty part for some very specific customers. You can consider that part “pre-boosted” with 3.3GHz of clock speed, teamed up with four memory channels.  The real benefit is that it is available for environments that are heavily threaded. This isn’t a parlor trick that requires only one or two active cores in order to boost; this is a serious technology that works across as many as 16 cores – simultaneously.  Matt Lavallee, Director of Technology at MLS Property Information Network, Inc. shared with me why he’s excited about the AMD Opteron 6200 Series. "The MLS is a high-throughput, high-efficiency, and highly-available application that places rigorous demands on even the best hardware in the market,” said Matt. “The HP ProLiant DL585 G7 with AMD's outstanding new Opteron 6200 and AMD Turbo Core technology is a perfect fit for our heavily-virtualized environment, and allows us to continue delivering maximum performance for our investment."  This gives you the performance you need to tackle the biggest problems your business faces today. John Fruehe is the Director of Product Marketing for Server and Embedded products at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.