AMD announced a lot of things at the 2017 Financial Analyst Day. Which includes their upcoming AMD Threadripper processor and the new Frontier VEGA GPU. Where Threadripper is designed for enthusiast PCs with 16 cores and 32 threads. Though the AMD Frontier VEGA GPU is more of a business oriented GPU. Aside from that AMD also announced their new EPYC brand, targeted towards data centers.
AMD EPYC is basically a re-branded AMD Naples CPU. Which consists a total of 32 cores with 64 threads. That also comes with an insane amount of I/O bandwidth and cache. Though we don’t know why AMD changed its names from Naples to EYPC. But AMD is serious about it this time and is ready to challenge its competition.
AMD EYPC will be build using the same ZEN architecture being used on Ryzen chips right now. Where the processor will be made using a 14nm manufacturing process. AMD is also clamming that with their EPYC chip. The company will be offering a solution with 45% more cores, 122% more bandwidth and 60% greater I/O bandwidth. Compared to its Intel counterpart that is currently being used on data centers server machines.
The upcoming AMD EPYC offers:
- A highly scalable, 32-core System on Chip (SoC) design, with support for two high-performance threads per core
- Industry-leading memory bandwidth, with 8-channels of memory per “Naples” device. In a 2-socket server, support for up to 32 DIMMS of DDR4 on 16 memory channels, delivering up to 4 terabytes of total memory capacity.
- The processor is a complete SoC with fully integrated, high-speed I/O supporting 128 lanes of PCIe 3, negating the need for a separate chipset
- A highly-optimized cache structure for high-performance, energy efficient compute
- AMD Infinity Fabric coherent interconnect for two “Naples” CPUs in a 2-socket system
- Dedicated security hardware.
What do you think, will Intel be able to compete with what AMD is offering ?