Server processors in the new Zen 3 EPYC Milan line bring many performance increases without increasing TDP from the predecessor
Intel still holds a large part of the processor market for workstations and servers, but in the past two years, AMD has been growing in sales within that niche, and no wonder, because its recent processor lines aimed at these machines manage offer generally faster, cheaper and more secure CPUs. That said, it is natural that the industry is eager to EPYC processors from the ZEN3 line, since these models naturally will offer potentially considerable gains in the value of CPIs (Instructions-Per-Cycle).
In addition to this gain in CPIs, by also bringing ostensible support for DDR4 memory channels e increased PCIe 4.0 lanes, this could represent an important new chapter for the data center industry. THE socket of the third generation of EPYC Milan processors will be the same as the Zen 2 EPYC Rome, making it easier for companies that already use the current line to be able to migrate to the next generation at a lower total cost because there is no need to upgrade other components besides the processor itself. Some of new models of the Zen 3 EPYC Milan line will come equipped with 64 cores and 128 threads, offering the same 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes, including EPYC 7713 (P), which are designed for the cost-benefit ratio between value and performance.
Little else has been disclosed so far about the complete specifications of the new processors aimed at the server market, however on the last January 29, the ExectuableFix profile posted a diagram on Twitter pointing out what each value in the SKU of the processors represents. EPYC, in addition to having shared the complete specifications of the EPYX 7003 Milan with the Videocardz website, which has broken down and compiled it into an easy-to-view table, where it was possible to observe that the model EPYC 7763, AMD’s new flagship in this niche, features the same 280W of TDP as the high-end models of the Zen 2 architecture generation.
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During CES 2021, AMD presented a preview where the 32-core EPYC Milan would perform up to 68% higher than Intel Xeon 6258, a comparison that would be justified because it is possibly the range of the server market for which the models in question compete for.
AMD confirmed a few days ago during its fourth quarter earnings release for the fiscal year that the launch of Zen 3 EPYC Milan is planned for March 2021.