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AMD Shanghai Opteron CPUs On Linux

Michael Larabel

Published on 2 January 2009
Written by Michael Larabel
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From our initial testing of AMD's Shanghai Opteron processors they bring a number of advantages to the table. The Shanghai that is built upon a 45nm SOI process features a larger L3 cache and other architectural improvements that yield significant advantages over AMD's earlier Barcelona. In this article we just compared the performance of the Opteron 2356 to that of the Opteron 2384, and while there is a minor difference in the clock speed, the Shanghai-based processors exhibited excellent performance capabilities. In particular, the GraphicsMagick, GCC, and Sunflow tests with the Shanghai faired very well.

The AMD Shanghai Opteron processors had no problems running atop recent Linux distributions, as we would expect from server/workstation parts, and the experience was pleasant. The two Opteron 2384 CPUs also had no problems running with the Tyan Thunder n3600M motherboard once we upgraded its BIOS.

Succeeding Shanghai will be the six-core Istanbul CPUs later on in 2009. It is anticipated that the Istanbul design will be quite similar to Shanghai but with two additional processing cores attached.

We will be back with more on AMD's Shanghai Opteron processors when we deliver our quad CPU Linux results. Discuss our initial Shanghai Linux results in the Phoronix Forums.

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About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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