Intel 3rd Gen Ice Lake-SP Xeon Platinum 8351N CPU Benchmarked, Up To 65% Faster Than 32 Core AMD EPYC Rome Chips With AVX-512

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New benchmarks of Intel's 3rd Gen Xeon Platinum 8351N CPU have leaked out which show a huge performance gain over AMD EPYC Rome CPUs when utilizing its AVX-512 instruction set. The Intel Ice Lake-SP Xeon family is scheduled for a formal launch on the 6th of April at the 'How Wonderful Gets Done 2021' event while a sneak peek is expect tomorrow at the 'Intel Unleashed' webcast by CEO, Pat Gelsinger.

Intel's 3rd Gen Ice Lake-SP Xeon Platinum 8351N CPU Benchmarked, 65% Performance Uplift Over AMD EPYC Rome When Utilizing AVX-512

Last time, we looked at the benchmarks of the Intel Xeon Platinum 8352S/Y CPUs in both single & dual-socket configurations. The latest benchmarks right now are of a single-socket configured Intel Xeon Platinum 8351N CPU which features 36 cores and 72 threads. The CPU has a base clock of 2.4 GHz and a boost clock of 3.5 GHz. The CPU also carries 54 MB of L3 cache, 45 MB of L2 cache, and a TDP of 225W.

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The Xeon Platinum 8351N has more cores/threads and higher clocks compared to the Xeon 8352 CPUs and as such, it should feature much higher performance. The CPU was tested in the SANDRA SiSoftware 2021 benchmark suite within the processor Arithmetic & Multi-Media tests. Do note that the Multi-Media test, in particular, makes use of AVX-512 instructions which the Ice Lake-SP CPUs have to offer so we will be looking at a bigger gain compared to non-AVX-512 chips. So let's take a look at the performance results.

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For comparison, average scores for various other server & workstation processors from the same benchmark database were used. In the processor Arithmetic test, Intel's Ice Lake-SP Xeon Platinum 8351N CPU scored 962.37 GOPS which is an 8% improvement over the 8352S for a 6% clock speed bump and 12% increased core count. Compared to the AMD EPYC 7532 32 core CPU, the Platinum 8351N scores a 19% lead. Moving over to the multi-media test, the Intel Xeon Platinum 8351N ends up 13% faster than the Xeon Platinum 8352S and a massive 65% faster than the AMD EPYC 7542 32 core CPU.

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This shows the performance uplift that AVX-512 has to offer but the technology does come at a cost and that's power consumption. With AVX-512, you can expect the chip to end up close to 300 Watts or even exceed that limit which further reduces its efficiency compared to AMD EPYC CPUs. Aside from that, AVX-512 workloads are niche in the server segment, and not all cloud/data center environments make use of the technology. We know that AMD is also planning to use AVX3-512 instructions in its future EPYC Genoa chips but right now, we cannot make a valid comparison of the tech against competing chips.

All we know is that in standard workloads, the Ice Lake-SP CPUs will end up around 10-20% faster than AMD's 2nd Gen EPYC Rome CPUs but AMD has launched its 3rd Gen EPYC Milan CPUs with Zen 3 cores which offer a big improvement over Rome so it will be a hard time for Intel to make Ice Lake-SP competitive against those parts.

Both AMD EPYC and Intel Xeon 3rd Gen server CPU lineups will be going up against each other soon. AMD has so far been disrupting the server market space and gaining share by offering an insane value with their EPYC CPUs and their efficiency, node, performance, compute advantage within the space has increased by a huge factor in the last couple of years while Intel lacked by relying on the same process and architecture for years. Once again, Intel is expected to unveil its Xeon 3rd Gen Ice Lake-SP on the 6th of April so stay tuned for more information in the coming days.

Intel Xeon Ice Lake-SP Server CPU Lineup:

CPU NameCores / ThreadsBase ClockBoost Clock (1-Core)Boost Clock (All-Core)L3 CacheL2 CacheTDPPrice (RCP)
Xeon Platinum 838040 / 802.30 GHz3.40 GHz3.00 GHz60 MB50.00 MB270W$8099 US
Xeon Platinum 8368Q38 / 762.60 GHz3.70 GHz3.30 GHz57 MB47.50 MB270W$6743 US
Xeon Platinum 836838 / 762.40 GHz3.40 GHz3.20 GHz57 MB47.50 MB270W$6302 US
Xeon Platinum 836232 / 642.80 GHz3.60 GHz3.50 GHz48 MB40.00 MB265W$5448 US
Xeon Platinum 8360Y36 / 722.40 GHz3.50 GHz3.10 GHz54 MB45.00 MB250W$4702 US
Xeon Platinum 8352S32 / 642.20 GHz3.40 GHz2.80 GHz48 MB40.00 MB205W$4064 US
Xeon Platinum 835832 / 642.60 GHz3.40 GHz3.30 GHz48 MB40.00 MB250W$3950 US
Xeon Platinum 8358P32 / 642.60 GHz3.40 GHz3.20 GHz48 MB40.00 MB240W$3950 US
Xeon Platinum 8352V36 / 722.10 GHz3.50 GHz2.50 GHz54 MB45.00 MB195W$3450 US
Xeon Platinum 8351N36 / 722.40 GHz3.50 GHz3.10 GHz54 MB45.00 MB225W$3027 US
Xeon Gold 634828 / 562.60 GHz3.50 GHz3.40 GHz42 MB35.00 MB235W$3072 US
Xeon Gold 6338N32 / 642.20 GHz3.50 GHz2.70 GHz48 MB40.00 MB185W$2795 US
Xeon Gold 6338T32 / 642.10 GHz3.40 GHz2.70 GHz48 MB40.00 MB165W$2742 US
Xeon Gold 633832 / 642.00 GHz3.20 GHz2.60 GHz48 MB40.00 MB205W$2612 US
Xeon Gold 6314U32 / 642.30 GHz3.40 GHz2.90 GHz48 MB40.00 MB205W$2600 US
Xeon Gold 634224 / 482.80 GHz3.50 GHz3.30 GHz36 MB30.00 MB230W$2529 US
Xeon Gold 63348 / 163.60 GHz3.70 GHz3.60 GHz18 MB10.00 MB165W$2214 US
Xeon Gold 6330N28 / 562.20 GHz3.40 GHz2.60 GHz42 MB35.00 MB165W$2029 US
Xeon Gold 6336Y24 / 482.40 GHz3.60 GHz3.00 GHz36 MB30.00 MB185W$1977 US
Xeon Gold 633028 / 562.00 GHz3.10 GHz2.60 GHz42 MB35.00 MB205W$1894 US
Xeon Gold 5318S24 / 482.10 GHz3.40 GHz2.60 GHz36 MB30.00 MB165W$1667 US
Xeon Gold 532026 / 522.20 GHz3.40 GHz2.80 GHz39 MB16.25 MB185W$1555 US
Xeon Gold 6312U24 / 482.40 GHz3.60 GHz3.10 GHz36 MB30.00 MB185W$1450 US
Xeon Gold 5318N24 / 482.10 GHz3.40 GHz2.70 GHz36 MB30.00 MB150W$1375 US
Xeon Gold 632616 / 322.90 GHz3.50 GHz3.30 GHz24 MB20.00 MB185W$1300 US
Xeon Gold 5318Y24 / 482.00 GHz3.40 GHz2.60 GHz36 MB30.00 MB165W$1273 US
Xeon Gold 531712 / 243.00 GHz3.60 GHz3.40 GHz18 MB15.00 MB150W$950 US
Xeon Gold 5315Y8 / 163.20 GHz3.60 GHz3.50 GHz12 MB10.00 MB150W$895 US
Xeon Silver 431620 / 402.30 GHz3.40 GHz2.80 GHz30 MB25.00 MB150W$1002 US
Xeon Silver 431416 / 322.40 GHz3.40 GHz2.90 GHz24 MB20.00 MB135W$694 US
Xeon Silver 4310T10/202.30 GHz3.40 GHz2.90 GHz15 MB13.75 MB105W$555 US
Xeon Silver 431012 / 242.10 GHz3.30 GHz2.70 GHz18 MB12.50 MB120W$501 US
Xeon Silver 4309Y8 / 162.80 GHz3.60 GHz3.40 GHz12 MB10.00 MB105W$501 US

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