It looks like Intel’s woes are not yet over. Just after the AMD Ryzen release, AMD finally announced its server processor products, the AMD Naples. This new line of server processors has been shown to outstrip Intel’s top-tier server chip, the Xeon E5-2699 v4. To make things a bit more interesting, the AMD Naples will be launched in the second quarter of 2017.
The AMD Naples server processor features massive improvements in comparison to Intel’s top-of-the-line offerings. Furthermore, it also boasts more than 52 percent boost on instruction per cycle compared to the old AMD architecture.
Perhaps one of the best features of the AMD Naples is the embedded chipset. This basically makes the processor similar to mobile SoCs but with mammoth features. Also, the included chipset would result in motherboards becoming much simpler and cheaper.
The new AMD Naples processor boasts a maximum of 32 cores per die. With multi-threading, this becomes 64 logical cores. The new motherboard design for the AMD Naples processor can handle as much as two dies, thereby bringing up the maximum number of physical cores to 64.
Apart from the core count, it can also support a maximum of 4 terabytes of RAM running at 2400MHz. Looking much closer, the Naples can offer as much as 128 PCI 3.0 lanes which is a massive increase from the current market standard.
AMD also detailed a number of upcoming server motherboard for the AMD Naples. The range starts with the 1U which supports 2 CPUs and 4 GPUs and the 2U for a maximum of 8 GPUs. The Sled 2P will have multi-CPU support and either 1 or 2 GPUs. Finally, there’s the Blade 2P, which also has the same multi CPU support but offers a maximum of 3 GPUs.
The Naples processor is based on the similar 14nm semiconductor process technology. This is the same technology used on Intel’s Skylake-EP and EX server processors. As mentioned, each die has a maximum physical core count of 32 MB, 64MB of L3 cache, and eight channels of DDR4 RAM.
AMD also announced that the new server line of processors will be released in the market in the second quarter of 2017. Unfortunately, the company did not specify the pricing for the processor and other peripherals yet. However, AMD will discuss the Naple processor much deeper tomorrow, March 8, at 4:55 pm PST. For more updates on the AMD Naples server processor, be sure to check out TheBitbag.