Sun updates V480 with faster processor

Sun Microsystems is updating the processors on its Sun Fire V480 server.

The company's rack-optimized server will now be available with 1.05GHz UltraSparc III processors, an upgrade from the 900MHz models that Sun had previously been shipping. This will give the machines a 22 percent boost in performance, according to Sun.

Sun bills the V480 as a low-cost, entry-level system designed to compete against Intel-based systems from competitors like Dell. Inc. and IBM Corp. It is the last of the Sun Fire servers to be upgraded to Sun's 1.05GHz chip, a process that began a year ago when Sun began incorporating the chip into its high-end systems.

Pricing for the V480 will remain unchanged. A dual-processor machine with 4G bytes of memory will list for just under US$20,000. A four-way, 16G-byte machine costs $43,000.

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