It’s been a long time coming, but AMD has finally released their beastly new Bulldozer Opteron CPUs. The Opteron 6200 is the first processor of its kind, packing 16 cores, four memory channels, and speeds of up to 3.3GHz.
Also released was the Bulldozer Opteron 4200, which packs just eight cores and two memory channels, and features the same clock speeds as its beefier sibling.
The chips mark a significant milestone for desktop processors, and could pack a serious punch if they ever found their way into something like the Mac Pro (Apple, AMD: make this happen). In reality, however, these CPUs are more likely to be used in high-powered computers used by government agencies and research laboratories.
The Opteron 6200 retails for a whopping $1019 for the most expensive version.