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The Rome processors for the server market have officially launched - offering a real earthquake with unprecedented competitive prices

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We were quick to tell that AMD broke the market when it offered 8 cores to the masses in its first Ryzen generation, when 16 offered cores In the first Threadripper generation, When it offered 32 cores In the second generation Threadripper Last year and another time when it revealed 12 and 16 cores at great prices a few weeks ago Launching the Ryzen Generation 3000 - But there is a good chance that the biggest and most surprising news of the red developer is coming to us from the server world right now, With the second incarnation of the EPYC processor family.


The server processor market has traditionally been considered one where the price is less important compared to features such as backward compatibility, support, reliability and support from end-product vendors, with scores of tens and even hundreds of percent in prices compared to home processors - but AMD seems to have broken that convention as well In her Rome generation, Throwing 64 processor cores into the arena to compete with the That only reach up to 28 processing cores, at prices that are almost 50 percent (!) Of home competition .

New generation, new approach, New and new production process

AMD will offer 19 new EPYC models as part of its second generation, of which 13 is for single-platform platforms and six more for single-resident platforms - all based on Zen 2 cores in an innovative 7 NM manufacturing process, plus PCI-Express XN support improved.

The leading model will be the EPYC 7742 with 64 physical processing cores and 128 base processing logic cores of 2.25GHz but can reach up to 3.4GHz for all cores for short periods of time, 128 PCI-Express 4.0 arteries, L3 common cache memory Of 256 megabytes, the 225 watt power consumption envelope - and a great price tag of 6,950 dollars, compared to the prices of 13,000 dollars, 10,000 dollars and even 17,000 dollars that consumers need to invest in the leading modern Xeon Platinum processors .

Much more processing cores in the same dimensions and similar power consumption, with performance improvements in all aspects - and at very competitive prices

model Two with 64 processing cores and slightly more modest work frequencies will cost only 6,450 dollars, models With 48 physical processing cores can be obtained at a starting price of 4,025 dollars, models with 32 processing cores will start at the price of 2,025 dollars and server processors with 16 processing cores will be available at the price of 650 dollars and above - or 1,550 dollars in a single-resident version.

Industry Support in Generation The second one also looks pretty promising

The EPYC family consists of ten models that have more processing cores than Intel has in its leading products, and manages to deliver the same number of processing cores at a significantly lower price tag at any other level than can be directly compared to the models - with competitive performance in individual core terms and large lead in calculations pertaining to For multicore performance over the price tag, with Intel's significant lead in the field being essentially reduced to operations based on the AVX512 command set for exceptionally large vector calculations, which are not yet supported by the products of at that point.

Can certainly boast a huge lead in performance - when it comes to processes and applications that can utilize a particularly large number of processing cores in a parallel and effective manner

With the successful generation of Rome To effectively erase the key advantage of Intel at the top level of the domain with a platform supporting up to four single motherboards, while continuing to provide a platform that supports only a pair of residencies - but can provide up to 128 physical processing cores in total based on these pairs of residences, With 128 PCI-Express 4.0 arteries up to 4 terabytes of DDR4 memory at a base speed of 3,200MHz compared to 112 processing cores at most for , With a smaller amount of PCI-Express 3.0 arteries and with less dynamic memory at lower frequency. All this under significantly higher power consumption and a significantly higher price tag that comes as a result of using four Separate instead of a couple only.


One of the new generation servers Showcased - Will this field of computing revolutionize AMD? We'll find out soon

We already know that Intel is planning to offer Xeon processors with up to 56 cores In its Cooper Lake generation (Based on LGA residency, instead of 56 dual-core processors currently offered in fixed soldering only), based on the 14 nm production process and at the same time Ice Lake processors for servers In the 10 nm manufacturing process - but until that happens, it seems that There will be an opportunity to nibble more and more market share from its major competitor, creating additional pressure that will eventually increase competitiveness in the field and may even require Surprise us at prices too.

Intel is already preparing its answer to its impressive domestic development - But until it matures into a commercial launch, there is a rare golden opportunity here for the Red Camp

Who would have thought that even the server processor market could become such an intriguing and exciting one.