Meet the newest 3rd gen AMD EPYC processors

AMD extends 3rd Gen EPYC CPU lineup to deliver greater price/performance for mainstream server applications.

  • November 13, 2023 | Author: Peter Krass
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Are you or your customers looking for server processors that offer great price/performance, modern security, and energy efficiency for less technically demanding mainstream business workloads?

If so, AMD has some new server CPUs for you.

“We have seen a clear opportunity to give our customers more options,” says Dan McNamara, GM of AMD’s server business.

Expanded value options

The six new SKUs are actually part of AMD’s 3rd generation EPYC processor family. Originally introduced nearly three years ago, the 3rd gen AMD EPYCs have since been joined by the company’s 4th Gen.

So why might your customers be interested in new 3rd gen CPUs from AMD?

Several reasons. One, they might not need the latest AMD processor features, which include support for both DDR5 memory and PCIe Gen 5 connectivity. The new members of AMD’s 3rd gen EPYC family, which use the company’s Zen 3 cores, support up to 8 channels of the older DDR4 memory and up to 128 lanes of PCIe Gen 4.

By contrast, AMD’s 4th gen EPYC processors, with their Zen 4 cores, support both DDR5 and PCIe Gen 5. For some companies, AMD says, the upgrade to these newer technologies is “still high on the cost curve.”

Price/performance, too

Another reason is to get in on the new price/performance gains. Four of the six new SKUs are 8- and 16-core processors, and their retail prices range from just under $340 to just over $600. The other two CPUs offer 48 and 56 cores.

Yet another reason: modern security features that include AMD Infinity Guard. It’s a full suite of security features, built into silicon, that includes encrypted virtualization; nested paging; memory encryption; and AMD Shadow Stack, which offers hardware-enforced protection against malware.

The new AMD processors are fully compatible with existing AMD EPYC 7003 series-based server systems. And AMD’s major partners, including Supermicro, have said they’ll support the new 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors in their enterprise server solutions.

Supermicro works closely with AMD to offer a wide range of application-optimized servers in its H13 product line. These systems, which support the new AMD EPYC processors, are designed for applications that need powerful processing performance, but may have thermal constraints.

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