Dual-Core Opterons hit 3.0Ghz
The new dual-core 2222 SE and 8222 SE run at 3.0GHz, contain 2MB of level-two cache and feature dual-channel DDR2 memory controllers with up to PC2-5300 (667MHz) memory support. AMD plans shipping in early May, but will probably change their mind a few times before its decided.
Later this year, before moving to Barcelona (AMD’s quad-core solution) they will be releasing one more model clocked at 3.2GHz.
Advanced Micro Devices is expected to release quad-core K8L chips for servers in mid-2007, however, their clock-speeds will be slower compared to dual-core chips and the plan to release higher-speed processors with two processing engines may indicate that AMD expects demand towards them even in late 2007. In addition, the fact that AMD plans 3.20GHz servers processors, perhaps, points to possibility of release enthusiast-class AMD Athlon 64 FX chips at the same frequency.