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AMD officially unveiled the breadth of its new EPYC server processor line, as well as rough pricing guidelines, at its Tech Day in Austin, Texas. AMD has enjoyed significant success with its new Zen architecture, which serves as the foundation of its Ryzen lineup of desktop host processors, and due to the modularity of the design, the company will employ the same building blocks in its forthcoming EPYC server lineup.
Intel has a commanding lead in the data center--some estimate its market share as high as 99.6% of the worlds' server sockets--so the industry is pining for a competitive x86 alternative. The high-margin data center market represents a tremendous growth opportunity for AMD as it returns to a competitive stance. The same disruptive pricing model we've seen on the desktop carries over to the server segment.
The big news out of AMD was the launch of Zen, the new high-performance core that is designed to underpin the product roadmap for the next few generations of products. To much fanfare, AMD launched consumer level parts based on Zen, called Ryzen, earlier this year. There was a lot of discussion in the consumer space about these parts and the competitiveness, and despite the column inches dedicated to it, Ryzen wasn’t designed to be the big story this year. That was left to their server generation of products, which are designed to take a sizeable market share and reinvigorate AMD’s bottom line on the finance sheet. A few weeks ago AMD announced the naming of the new line of enterprise-class processors, called EPYC, and today marks the official launch with configurations up to 32 cores and 64 threads per processor. We also got an insight into several features of the design, including the AMD Infinity Fabric.'
With the level of power/ performance of the new systems, you can essentially replace four Intel Xeon E5-2600 (V1) servers with a single dual socket EPYC node and get more performance (in most cases) in a single node that uses half the power. That is absolutely stellar. The AMD EPYC platform is still seeing major updates to BIOS for power and performance which is why we are calling these preliminary results. At the same time, we are already seeing some impressive figures.
Aplausos para AMD por no usar una "segmentación" ficticia (innecesaria) en sus nuevos CPUs.
Lo mas sorprendente es AMD dándole el dedo mayor a Intel por usar técnicas sucias de segmentación (en donde limitan el numero de canales de PCIe dependiendo del chipset, mobo y procesador para sacar mas dinero por plataforma) y decide demostrar una plataforma unica con 128 lineas de PCIe.