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AMD EPYC 7000 Series Server CPU Specifications, Performance and Pricing Detailed – Up To 32 Cores, 2 TB Memory Support, 128 PCIe Lanes and 3.2 GHz Turbo Clocks

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Jun 15, 2017
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The specifications and performance numbers of AMD EPYC 7000 series processors for servers have leaked out over at Videocardz. The upcoming lineup of Zeppelin based EPYC CPUs will ship with up to 32 cores and massive I/O capabilities.

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The EPYC server processors were unveiled at AMD’s Financial Analyst Day along with other tech announcements. The processor lineup is based on the foundation of AMD’s Zen core, utilizing a multi-chip package design. The chip is based on multiple Zeppelin dies that are fused with 8 Zen cores. AMD uses up to four Zeppelin dies on their flagship 32 core, 64 thread processor and that offers some disruptive numbers in terms of core count, thread count and I/O.

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We will get back to the features in a bit but before we do, let’s take a look at the lineup itself. The AMD EPYC family will be branded as the “EPYC 7000” series and features 12 models. From the 12, only three models are specifically designed to be compatible for single socket solutions while the rest can operate in 2P platforms.

The fastest of the EPYC 7000 series processor is the EPYC 7601 which comes with 32 cores and 64 threads. The clock speeds are maintained at 2.2 GHz base and 3.2 GHz boost frequencies. The TDP is maintained at 180W which is what we are going to get on Ryzen Threadripper processors too. In the single-socket lineup, the fastest chip is EPYC 7551P which also has 32 cores and 64 threads. It’s clocked at 2.0 GHz base and 3.0 GHz boost and features a TDP of 180W.

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Both processors have 64.0 MB of L3 cache and feature AMD’s Infinity Fabric for faster chip to chip interconnect. The Infinity Fabric interconnect is a series of high-performance, scalable links that increases scaling in chips, providing more performance, improving product yields and reducing product cost. Rest of lineup is detailed below:

AMD EPYC 7000 Series Server Lineup:

CPU Name CPU Cores CPU Threads L3 Cache Base Clock Boost Clock TDP Pricing Range Platform Support
EPYC 7601 32 64 64 MB 2.2 GHz 3.2 GHz 180W >4000 USD AMD 2P
EPYC 7551 32 64 64 MB 2.0 GHz 3.0 GHz 180W >3200 USD AMD 2P
EPYC 7501 32 64 64 MB 2.0 GHz 3.0 GHz 155/170W >2700 USD AMD 2P
EPYC 7451 24 48 48 MB 2.3 GHz 3.2 GHz 180W >2400 USD AMD 2P
EPYC 7401 24 48 48 MB 2.0 GHz 3.0 GHz 155/170W >1700 USD AMD 2P
EPYC 7351 16 32 32 MB 2.4 GHz 2.9 GHz 155/170W >1100 USD AMD 2P
EPYC 7301 16 32 32 MB 2.2 GHz 2.7 GHz 155/170W >800 USD AMD 2P
EPYC 7281 16 32 32 MB 2.1 GHz 2.7 GHz 155/170W >600 USD AMD 2P
EPYC 7251 8 16 16 MB 2.1 GHz 2.9 GHz 120W >400 USD AMD 2P
EPYC 7551P 32 64 64 MB 2.0 GHz 3.0 GHz 180W >2000 USD AMD 1P
EPYC 7401P 24 48 48 MB 2.0 GHz 3.0 GHz 155/170W >1000 USD AMD 1P
EPYC 7351P 16 32 32 MB 2.4 GHz 2.9 GHz 155/170W >700 USD AMD 1P

AMD EPYC 7000 Series Features, Performance and Platform Detailed

Coming to the platform itself, EPYC will be shipping with processors that feature up to 32 Zen cores as detailed above. The platform will support 8 memory channels and 128 lanes of high-bandwidth I/O. Each EPYC processor can support 16 DIMMs for up to 2 TB memory support and a 2P or Dual socket platform will feature 64 cores, 4 TB memory support and 128 PCI Express lanes.

AMD is not only going to take the fight to Intel in the single socket platform but also aims to disrupt the 2 socket market. An Epyc 1S platform will be able to offer up to 50 percent better processor performance compared to an Intel 2S solution. It will also consume lower power. Performance and pricing comparison of various AMD EPYC 7000 series processors versus the Broadwell-EP counterparts from Intel is provided in the image below, credits to Videocardz.

The benchmarks showcased by AMD are definitely impressive as EPYC is able to beat two socket Xeon configurations at similar or cheaper prices with better efficiency and more I/O capabilities. All processors of the EPYC 7000 series stack show disruptive performance results but it would be even better if we had gotten a comparison with Skylake-SP which is the actual competitor to the Naples / EPYC platform.

AMD says that there’s a 14% advantage of cores per rack that ship with their Naples platform compared to Intel’s. On Intel, a singular rack will consist of 4704 cores while AMD’s Zen based Naples Rack will ship with 5376 cores.

There’s also 14% advantage in VM (Virtual Machines) per socket. Memory bandwidth sees a 33% advantage as AMD has 8 channels while Intel’s Purley platform is configured for 6 channels per socket. Intel platform also supports 24 DIMMs while AMD can support up to 32 DIMMs. AMD is also suggesting highly competitive price to performance ratios on Naples processors that will give them a clear edge in the enterprise market.

Upcoming Intel and AMD Server Platform Comparison:

  Intel Xeon E5 Bronze / Silver Intel Xeon E7 Gold / Platinum AMD Naples Platform (2P)
Family Branding Skylake-SP Skylake-SP AMD EPYC
Process Node 14nm 14nm 14nm
PCH Lewisburg PCH Lewisburg PCH SOC
Socket Socket P (LGA 3647) Socket P (LGA 3647) SP3 LGA socket
Max Core Count Up To 26 Up To 32 Up To 32
Max Thread Count Up To 52 Up To 64 Up To 64
Max L3 Cache 35.75 MB L3 38.5 MB L3 64 MB L3
DDR4 Memory Support 6-Channel DDR4 6-Channel DDR4 8-Channel DDR4
TDP Range 45-160W 110-160W 120-180W

The AMD EPYC series will compete with Intel’s Skylake-SP platform in 2017 followed by Cascade Lake-SP in 2018. AMD has plans to introduce their Rome server lineup based on the new Zen 2 cores later in 2018 which will feature a 48 core chip codenamed “Starship” as detailed in an earlier leaked road map. More details on that here. AMD is expected to release their EPYC 7000 series line up along with the Naples platform on 20th of June.

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