Battle of processing power and efficiency, that’s the competition of the two tech giants, Intel and AMD. At Computex 2018, AMD has announced the sampling of the second generation, 7nm based EPYC ‘Rome’ processors in 2H 2018. Lisa Su, the CEO of AMD, showcased the 7nm EPYC processor into the audiences.
The same processors are currently in the laboratory for evaluation, and Forrest Norrod, Senior Vice President of AMD and General Manager of Datacenter and Embedded Solutions confirmed the 7nm processors on 2019. But before these announcements will happen, a leak has already spread all over the internet.
The leakage of alleged benchmark of AMD’s next-generation 7nm based EPYC Rome server processor made the people talk about it as it beholds a very powerful benchmark that is thought to be a lot better than its predecessors. The benchmark came from a post on Chiphell forums and was presumed by a lot of people that it is the next-gen 7 nm.
The leaked picture shows a processor about the same size and dimensions of the current EPYC ‘Naples’ series of processors. The other information has been blocked out to hide its codename and ID, that’s why it is difficult to determine.
Another interesting thing from this leak is the benchmark score tested in Cinebench R15 multi-thread benchmark, and believe it or not, the leak shows 12,587 points that is far beyond the current generations.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX scores around 5500 points and the EPYC 7601 SKU scores around 6000 points, even though powerful, they don’t seem to be closely compared to the leaked benchmark score.
The new EPYC Rome 7nm processors are expected to have an octal channel memory and a better IPC from enhanced Zen 2 cores, better cache latencies, improved core-to -core interconnect, and twice the number of cores and threads which might be a proof into its astonishing benchmark score.
This new generation was said to compete with Intel’s latest and powerful generations. “Rome was designed to compete favourably with “Ice Lake” Xeons, but it is not going to be competing against that chip. We are incredibly excited, and it is all coming together at one point. Our plan for the Naples-Rome-Milan roadmap was based on assumptions around Intel’s roadmap and our estimation of what would we do if we were Intel,” Forrest Norrod said.
Norrod also mentioned they key inspiration for this new generation, he said, “We thought deeply about what they are like, what they are not like, what their culture is and what their likely reactions are, and we planned against a very aggressive Intel roadmap, and I really Rome and Milan and what is after them against what we thought Intel could do. And then, we come to find out that they can’t do what we thought they might be able to. And so, we have an incredible opportunity.”
“Rome was designed to compete favourably with “Ice Lake” Xeons, but it is not going to be competing against that chip. We are incredibly excited, and it is all coming together at one point. We have reintroduced ourselves to the market, gotten the initial traction and wins, we got the initial customer support, and we validated that AMD is a safe choice with an effective processor. With the Rome processor and process, we are going to be in an incredible position going forward”, Norrod said about their key purpose on making these new features.
Yes, it is currently unconfirmed and just a leak, but it might be a good one if it were to be true. Let’s just patiently wait and witness their huge steps for the market competition.
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