AMD Epyc sounds pretty epic, with epoch-defining memory, I/O, and even cores of a dual-socket server in a single socket. And that’s something to get excited about, especially considering that the Zen cores inside these chips are almost at IPC parity with Intel’s latest, and can handle dual threads like Intel, too.
AMD finally released it’s initial batch of server CPU’s, under the regretful name EPYC. As promised in their announcement, the chips truly offer some interesting capabilities. No matter which EPYC 7000-series chip you buy, you get some impressive features standard: 8-channel DDR4 memory support (up to 2TB supported), 64MB of L3 cache, and 128 lanes of sweet PCIe 3.0.
The race for desktop CPU dominance has proceeded in fits and starts for three decades, with improvements in architecture, manufacturing process, and clock speed ratcheting up performance. Now Intel is announcing high-end desktop CPU’s with many, many cores, including the long-awaited Core i9 series.
In the last few months, I’ve had to name quite a few thing. I’ve named a child, a podcast, and a car (a Honda CR-V dubbed “Cool Runnings”). Coming up with a name can be very difficult. The name needs to simultaneously catchy, evocative, memorable, and unique. Add in a corporate setting with commitees and marketing getting involved, and it’s a wonder that anything gets named at all.
That being said, AMD has had a tough go of it with their new CPU naming conventions.
It’s a question that’s boggled the great minds of our age. What’s the absolute cheapest modern PC you can make? I decided to find out. Welcome to the grotesque world of bargain basement PC building.
On this edition of the Gestalt Server News:
– AMD makes a play for the data center with Naples
– AppliedMicron and X-Gene 3 hope to compete with x86
– Microsoft Edge let’s the cat out of the virtual machine bag
Plus: The MacBook Pro dongles you shouldn’t buy!
At the Open Compute Summit, AMD went into some more details about it’s high end server CPU, codenamed “Naples”. At one time, the company’s Opteron processors were used in supercomputers. While never the dominant force in the data center, AMD had carved out a niche. The last decade has proven more problematic in the enterprise. AMD thinks Naples is not only competitive with the best from Intel, but will serve as a bulwark against what they describe as the problem of server “incrementalism”.
Ryzen really comes into its own when used for more professional applications. It routinely bests Intel’s fastest Core i7 in video and 3D rendering. This is where the silicon’s 8 cores and 16 threads really come to life. It’s other area of strength is in scientific and engineering applications. It doesn’t all out dominate Intel here, but trades top spots depending on benchmarks. If performance per dollar is important, AMD really separates themselves here.
It’s time for Gestalt News once again! This week in servers:
– DR Troopers: Quorum onQ 4.0
– AMD: The Last Decade
Plus Sysadmin Chatbots, The “Why” of HCI, API’s, privacy, and patent trolls!
An interactive timeline of AMD’s last decade. With the hype around their new Ryzen architecture building, here’s a look of what they’ve been up to since they last held the CPU performance crown. AMD has always had ambitious technical solutions to CPU architecture, even if practical performance lagged.