Anticipation is running high for AMD's second-generation EPYC server processors, codenamed Rome, which will start shipping to customers later this year. We have seen a spattering of benchmark demonstrations from AMD, but what about the specific lineup and pricing? Official details have yet to come, though a new leak may have spilled the beans on the entire stack.
While the new chips are second-generation EPYC parts, Rome is based on the same underlying Zen 2 architecture found inside AMD's upcoming (to retail) third-generation Ryzen desktop processors. AMD is in the midst of transitioning the bulk of its CPUs and GPUs to a 7-nanometer manufacturing process, including EPYC.
At the top of the stack sits a beastly 64-core/128-thread EPYC "Rome" processor. We have known about this chip since last year, but have not heard from AMD what it's entire lineup will look like, including specs and pricing. Well, a user on Reddit spotted a whole bunch of SKUs on 2Compute. So, what are we looking at? Here we go...
- EPYC 7742: 64C/128T, 3.4GHz, 256MB cache, 225W, €6875.50 (~$7,834)
- EPYC 7702: 64C/128T, 3.35GHz, 256MB cache, 200W, €6384.50 (~$7,275)
- EPYC 7702P: 64C/128T, 3.35GHz, 256MB cache, 200W, €4384.30 (~$4,996)
- EPYC 7642: 48C/96T, 3.4GHz, 192MB cache, 225W, €4730.10 (~$4,979)
- EPYC 7552: 48C/96T, 3.35GHz, 192MB cache, 200W, €3787.23 (~$4,311)
- EPYC 7542: 48C/96T, 3.4GHz, 192MB cache, 225W, €3371.20 (~$3,841)
- EPYC 7502: 32C/64T, 3.35GHz, 128MB cache, 180W, €2580.80 (~$2940)
- EPYC 7502P: 32C/64T, 3.35GHz, 128MB cache, 180W, €2284.40 (~$2,602)
- EPYC 7452: 32C/64T, 3.35GHz, 128MB cache, 155W, €2013.20 (~$2,294)
- EPYC 7402: 24C/48T, 3.35GHz, 128MB cache, 180W, €1773.30 (~$2,020)
- EPYC 7402P: 24C/48T, 3.35GHz, 128MB cache, 180W, €1242.00 (~$1,415)
- EPYC 7352: 24C/48T, 3.2GHz, 128MB cache, 155W, €1281.38 (~$1,459)
- EPYC 7302: 16C/32T, 3.3GHz, 128MB cache, 155W, €972.80 (~$1,108)
- EPYC 7302P: 16C/32T, 3.3GHz, 128MB cache, 155W, €822.60 (~$937)
- EPYC 7282: 16C/32T, 3.2GHz, 64MB cache, 120W, €620.94 (~$707)
- EPYC 7272: 12C/24T, 3.2GHz, 64MB cache, 120W, €597.21 (~$680)
- EPYC 7262: 8C/16T, 3.4GHz, 64MB cache, 155W, €575.60 (~$655)
- EPYC 7252: 8C/16T, 3.2GHz, 64MB cache, 120W, €455.83 (~$519)
- EPYC 7252P: 8C/16T, 3.2GHz, 64MB cache, 120W, €431.34 (~$491)
There are 19 SKUs in all, according to the leaked information. The upcoming lineup starts at 8 cores and 16 threads, and spans all the way to three 64-core/128-thread processors, with the fastest of the bunch having a slightly higher boost clockspeed at 3.4GHz (versus 3.35GHz), and a higher TDP at 225W (versus 200W).
As with any leak, you should take all this with a grain of salt. Even if it all turns out to accurate, note that the pricing in Euros includes a 21 percent VAT rate tacked on. It is also worth noting that launch pricing in one territory does not necessarily mean AMD will use a straight conversion for launch pricing in another (companies rarely do this). Nevertheless, that is what we based the US pricing on, for some context.
If pricing does shake out this way, however, AMD will have a compelling server lineup on its hands. This is especially true at the top end. Intel's Xeon Platinum 9282 (Cascade Lake), for example, is a 56-core/112-thread chip clocked at 2.6GHz to 3.8GHz and a 400W TPD. There is no word on pricing yet, but we've seen rumors of $20,000 and even higher. For added reference, the Xeon Platinum 8180 (28C/56T, 2.5GHz to 3.8GHz, 205W TPD) cost around $10,000.
In looking at the above list, there are several models with a "P" on the end. This denotes a dual-socket chip (can also be used in a single CPU configuration). As for when the new silicon will launch, AMD has not announced an exact release date for Rome, but did say they parts will be shipping in the third quarter.