AMD 64-Core Rome EPYC CPUs Battle 48-Core Intel Cascade Lake-AP Xeon In Leaked Cinebench Results

AMD Lisa Su with EPYC Zen 2 64 Core CPU
Intel and AMD both have two high-powered server processors launches coming up next year which are set to shake up the enterprise market. Intel is the runaway market leader with its Xeon family of processors, but AMD is making slow and steady progress to challenge that market share with its EPYC processors. During the first half of 2019, the fight will continue with the 14nm++ Cascade Lake-AP Xeon processors, while AMD will be fielding its 7nm Zen 2-based "Rome" EPYC processors.

Much to our pleasure, leaked Cinebench R15 numbers have made their way to the internet courtesy of HKEPC. Not only do we have results from the range-topping 48-Core Cascade Lake-AP Xeon, but also the 64-core Zen 2 EPYC. Both results are in a 2P (dual CPU) configuration, which means that we're looking at a total of 96 cores and 192 threads for the Intel rig along with 128 cores and 256 threads for the AMD system. No matter which way you look at it, this is some rather serious processing muscle that will be at the disposal of customers in the coming months.

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Intel 48-core Cascade Lake-AP Xeon 2P system

The Intel system has two Xeon processors with a reported clock speed of 2.5GHz along with 24-channel DDR4-2667 memory. When all was said and done, the Intel Xeon 2P system put up a Cinebench R15 score of 12,482.

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AMD Zen 2 "Rome" EPYC 2P system

Although we don't have any particulars with regards to the memory configuration of the EPYC 2P system, the processors are reportedly running at just 1.8GHz. Even so, the AMD rig pulled down a result of 12,861 putting it slightly ahead of the Intel offering. Now of course, there are a lot of variables to consider here (Intel's clock speed advantage versus AMD's core/thread advantage and the fact these likely aren't production chips), but either processor at this point is a beastly offering.

We're bound to see more benchmarks leak as we close out 2018 and creep into 2019, but the server battle between Intel and AMD is shaping up to be an exciting one for bystanders.