AMD Opteron(TM) 6200 Series Processor Family Wins the Linley Group Analysts' Choice Award for Best Server Processor

Honor from Leading Analyst Firm One of Several Recent Accolades for the Server Price-Performance Leader

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AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that its AMD Opteron 6200 Series processor family, based on the new "Bulldozer" architecture, was chosen as the winner of The Linley Group's first annual Analysts' Choice Awards. The awards recognize the top processor products of 2011 in several major categories including embedded, mobile, PC, server, design IP and related technology. To choose each winner, the Linley Group's team of technology analysts focused on merits of the leading products that began shipping between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011.

"Our analysts are deeply familiar with processor products and technology, having conducted extensive research in order to deliver the firm's popular publications and reports," said Linley Gwennap, founder and principal analyst at The Linley Group. "We chose the winners on the basis of their performance, power, features and cost as appropriate for their target applications."

This latest award for the AMD Opteron processor comes on the heels of the recent Technology of the Year honors from InfoWorld. AMD Opteron 6200 Series processors along with the Dell PowerEdge R715, which is based on the latest AMD Opteron processors, have both received 2012 Technology of Year awards from the publication.

"The AMD Opteron 6200 Series processor rose to the top of our list of nominees due to its leading performance for high-volume, dual-socket servers," said Bob Wheeler, senior analyst at The Linley Group. "Reported SPEC_rate2006 baseline scores show the AMD Opteron processor Model 6282 SE delivers about 20 percent greater integer performance and nearly 40 percent greater floating-point performance[ii] than comparable processors from the competition and costs about 40 percent less[iii]."

"We are honored to receive this prestigious award from The Linley Group," said Pat Patla, corporate vice president for AMD's Server Business. "Since we launched the new AMD Opteron processor a little more than 2 months ago, the industry has rallied around the combination of innovation and price-performance advantage AMD is delivering to Cloud, HPC and enterprise customers. It is clear the new AMD Opteron processor with our "Bulldozer" technology is a winner."

Other recent Awards and Top Performance ratings for the AMD Opteron 6200 Series processor-based servers include:

- IT PRO Editor's Choice for the Dell PowerEdge R815
- Top TPC-C 2-Socket score on the HP ProLiant DL385 G7[iv]
- Top 2-node blade VMmark 2.1 on the HP ProLiant BL685c G7; largest ever published result on a blade server[v]

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SPEC and SPECint are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. The results stated above reflect results published on http://www.spec.org/... as of 11/15/11. The comparison presented above is based on the best performing two-socket servers using AMD Opteron(TM) processor Model 6282 SE and Intel Xeon processor Model X5690, operating at each processor's default frequency. For the latest SPECint®_rate2006 results, visit http://www.spec.org/.... SPECint®_rate2006 score of 526 using 2 x AMD Opteron(TM) processor Model 6282 SE: http://www.spec.org/.... SPECint®_rate2006 score of 421 using 2 x Intel Xeon X5690: http://www.spec.org/.... SVR-68

[ii] SPEC and SPECfp are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. The results for AMD Opteron(TM) processor Model 6282 SE is based upon data submitted to Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation as of November 7, 2011. The other result reflects results published on http://www.spec.org/... as of November 7, 2011. The comparison presented above is based on the best performing two-socket servers using AMD Opteron(TM) processor Model 6282 SE and Intel Xeon processor Model X5690 operating at each processor's default frequency. For the latest SPECfp_rate2006 results, visit http://www.spec.org/.... SPECfp®_rate2006 score = 383, 2 x AMD Opteron(TM) processors Model 6282 SE in Supermicro A+ Server 1022-URF server, 128GB (16 x 8GB DDR3-1333) memory, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1, x86 Open64 4.2.5.2 Compiler Suite, SPECfp®_rate2006 score = 274, 2 x Intel Xeon processors Model X5690 in Cisco UCS B200 M2 server, 48 GB (12 x 4 GB 2Rx4 PC3L-10600R-9, ECC) memory, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1, Intel C++ Compiler XE v.12.0.1.116 SVR-82

[iii] Pricing claim based on 1KU pricing of AMD Opteron 6282 SE processor ($1,019) vs. Intel Xeon processor Model X5690 ($1663)

[iv] Based on results published by the Transaction Processing Performance Council as of November 15, 2011, an AMD Opteron(TM) processor-based server achieved the highest TPC-C performance score of any 2P server. 1,207,982 tpmC using 2 x AMD Opteron(TM) processors Model 6282 SE in HP ProLiant DL385 G7 server, 512GB memory, Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition, Microsoft® SQL Server® 2005 Enterprise x64 Edition SP3. http://www.tpc.org/.... For the latest TPC-C results, visit www.tpc.org. TPC Benchmark and TPC-C are trademarks of the Transaction Processing Performance Council. SVR-105

[v] Highest VMmark score for blade servers using 2 Host configuration as of November, 2011, with the BL685c G7 system http://www.vmware.com/.... VMware® VMmark® is a product of VMware, Inc.
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