AMD has just released some new low power piledriver based Opteron processors for the entry level market. The Opteron 4300 and 3300 range from 4 cores to 8 cores and use the same C32 socket as the previous generation. The Opteron 3300 is rather interesting as this CPU has an AM3+ socket and is priced rather competitively, starting at $99 for the Opteron 3250HE with 4 cores.
"The interesting thing about the Opteron 4300s is the EE part. With the Opteron 4200, AMD offered an eight-core processor that ran at 1.6GHz with a Turbo Core boost speed of 2.8GHz with a 35-watt thermal envelope; it cost $377. With the Opteron 4300, AMD has down shifted the EE part to only four active cores, but goosed the base clock speed to 2.2GHz and the turbo core speed to 3.0GHz while still staying in that 35-watt thermal envelope."
"The Opteron 3300s, like their predecessors the Opteron 3200s, fit in the AM3+ socket, which is a 942-pin socket that is not precisely compatible with the prior 941-pin AM3 socket and even less so with 940-pin AM2 and AM2+ sockets. (This is not to be confused with the original Socket 940 socket for the Opteron chips from way back when.) What matters to microserver customers is that any machine they have that used an Opteron 3200 can use an Opteron 3300."
nice parts at an affordable price