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Intel 28-core fantasy vs. AMD 32-core reality

By Scorpus · 102 replies
Jun 10, 2018
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  1. hood6558

    hood6558 TS Evangelist Posts: 353   +110

    Intel was trying to point out that AMD was just taking a server CPU and adapting it to the desktop. So Intel did the same, while showing that TR still suffers from low clock speeds, and Intel CPUs can clock higher than TR ever will. The refrigerated cooler was a bit questionable, but this demonstration shows that Intel has more headroom, and isn't concerned about AMD gluing more cores together.
  2. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,993   +3,480

    TR always had 2 dies disabled. They didn't take a sever CPU and make it HEDT, that's what Intel did. All AMD did was enable the 2 other dies on threadripper.

    "The refrigerated cooler was a bit questionable, but this demonstration shows that Intel has more headroom"

    By that logic AMD processors have a ton of headroom because they go to 7 GHz on liquid nitrogen. No, the only thing a 5 GHz CPU running on a 1200W water chiller and all custom insultated loop with a 29 phase active VRM shows is that professional overclockers will be able to OC it will. It's not remotely possible on any consumer hardware.

    There is a reason Intel charges $10,000 for their 28 core server CPU, the yields on such a large die are very low. I'm going to bet that AMD's new processor comes in at less than half the price of Intel's 28-core does and it will arrive on the market much sooner. Linus was able to get the performance of the Intel processor at 4 GHz and it scored around 6,000 cinebench. Make no mistake, the 28 core and 32 core are going to be neck and neck performance wise.
  3. rydizzle

    rydizzle TS Rookie

    At the end of the day, as usual, if you want the fastest logic, go with intel. they are the performance kings. I've never really been interested in budget chips or performance. benchmarks don't lie
  4. Fluffmeister

    Fluffmeister TS Enthusiast Posts: 32   +22

    Yeah from my perspective I couldn't care less, wow great 28 to 32 core CPUs! Just what I need... 27 to 31 extra cores my games won't use.

    As it stands IBM is king in supercompuer land, Intel and AMD are starting to lose relevance as CPU progression seems to be at a snails pace.

    Give us IPC improvements, then this battle of the duopoly epeens might be more interesting.
  5. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,540   +918

    Low yields is NOT the reason for the high price. Watch Linus' recent Xeon video.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2018
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  6. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,993   +3,480

    Please link the video. Ctrl + F "xeon" isn't coming up with anything and there are dozens of CPU related videos. It could take hours to find the exact video.
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  7. Toju Mikie

    Toju Mikie TS Addict Posts: 101   +118

    Wow LOL
    let's see what happens at Q4
  8. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,547   +1,767

    0-100 real quick there bud.

    Server buyers are not "stupid". Do you have any idea how annoying it is to have two different CPU makers in a single server rooms? Do you actually manage servers, or are you just armchair projecting?

    When you are load balancing VMs, you need your hardware to match. You do not want to mix and match if at all possible, and NEVER mix and match different OEMs. And servers are expensive, they are not replaced willy nilly. They are either kept as long as possible, or replaced on a schedule depending on budget for machinery.

    AMD is not taken seriously in the server space because they havent competed there for a long time. Bulldozer was an unmitigated failure, but before that the K9 and K10 generations were not doing AMD any favors either, consuming more power, running at lower clocks, and coming in with fewer cores and slower cache. The launch of Core 2 left AMD reeling for over a decade. Nobody is going to take a chance on AMD servers just to have to go through ALL the work of migrating back 5 years later when AMDADHD kicks in and the company drops server chips again (remember, AMD already dropped their server line once, and trust is a lot harder to reearn then it is to loose)

    In the server world, moving from intel to AMD or vise versa is a lot of work, brings the risk of system instability, ece. Thus jumping is only done when there is a distinct benefit. AMD may have had a good chip here and there, they need to consistently deliver on competitive performance before serious system admins will begin purchasing their chips en masse. Offering chips for free wont matter if there is no long term commitment.

    If AMD continues to keep intel on its toes with EPYC, then AMD's market will most certainly expand. This is not a concern for the retail market, where switching to a different architecture is trivial.
  9. SirChocula

    SirChocula TS Maniac Posts: 174   +183

    Do you have any reading comprehension, perhaps those above a 1st grader's level? I didn't claim sh*t buddy. I just advised people to learn about Intel's shady practices. The rest of your post isn't worth reading because you're obviously projecting and putting words in my mouth that I never said. GG.
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  10. Foobario

    Foobario TS Rookie

    Yes, even if the 28 core Intel chip comes to market it will be priced over $3,000 and no telling how much the server socket will cost. To make matters worse, everyone they sell will reduce the number of Xeons they will sell for over $8,000 as 700mm die don't grow on trees and they probably only get one good die per wafer. So let's say the Intel 28 core chip beats Threadripper 2 by 100 points, seems *****ic to pay over $3K+ to beat a $1,799 chip that is 1.5% slower. Which equates to a nano second advantage for double the price.

    However, it is not a given Intel will even be faster.
  11. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,434   +1,889

    I'm not sure about what headroom you are speaking of. At these huge core counts nobody is stupid enough to OC the system because they can easily destroy the motherboards (those VRMs get very VERY hot). Unless Intel has much higher out of the box clock speeds then I don't see them having a good enough performance lead (if any at all).
    If we are to look at the Xeon chip and the prototype that AMD showed off then we can safely guess that both will have very similar single and multithreading performance.
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  12. Lastlght

    Lastlght TS Rookie

    Like some people said before in the comments, intel is always on the top of benchmarks, thats not a lie
  13. Badvok

    Badvok TS Maniac Posts: 296   +152

    Nice to see Techspot keeping up their AMD fanboi status. How about comparing Intel's 28 core single-die offerings with AMD's single-die offerings. Or perhaps compare Threadripper with a multi-Xeon system, you can get motherboards that will take 4 Xeons - how does a 112 core Xeon compare with Threadripper? Just because you bolt two CPUs together and sell them as a package doesn't make it any different to plugging multiple CPUs into one motherboard.

    Also, any allegations of shenanigans can be totally dismissed if you actually watch the presentation, the box was right there on stage with massive cooling very apparent. Perhaps Techspot thought people didn't watch it.
  14. HardReset

    HardReset TS Guru Posts: 653   +263

    You have some points, but then again not. Why AMD was not really competing on server space for years? It happened like this:

    AMD: We have superior server chip here, it's faster, cheaper and cooler than anything Intel has to offer
    HP: It's good but we rather use Intel
    AMD: Well, we offer you million chips for free!
    HP: No thanks
    AMD: **** off then

    Why you should offer anything to stupid people that use much worse product for much higher price?

    You do realize that it's simply impossible to offer competitive performance continuously if nobody buys those competitive performance chips? This is what happened. Nobody buys better AMD chips, AMD cannot afford to develop faster chips, AMD cannot offer competitive performance.

    Clear indication of server buyers stupidity are complaints about Intel server chip prices. That's good logic:

    - AMD has better and cheaper server chips
    - Server people still buy Intel
    - AMD moves attention to somewhere else
    - Intel gets 95% of server CPU market
    - Server people complain how Intel raises CPU prices

    So server buyers complain about situation they caused themselves. That's stupid if anything.

    Not surprising Epyc got lots of attention even there is no proof (yet) that AMD will continue delivering high end Epyc chips. That just proves lesson learned and that 15 years ago server buyers were stupid.
  15. Darylp

    Darylp TS Rookie

    Intel was shook. Period.
  16. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,540   +918

    ROFLMAO@they probably only get one good die per wafer!!!

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  17. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,540   +918

    Xeons are more expensive primarily, because of ECC support, which is crucial for servers....
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  18. elzafir

    elzafir TS Rookie

    Server buyers are older middle management guys who still thinks AMD is a poor people's Intel. They have a budget for Intel-priced chips, or rather pre-built servers, and they have existing relationships with hardware suppliers who probably don't sell AMD. More importantly, most international companies have outdated compliant and compatibility standards which require their offices around the world to use a certain hardware and software brands. This is difficult to change, moreover in only a few short years since EPYC has launched.
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  19. avioza

    avioza TS Maniac Posts: 207   +160

    I don't think you understood.

    We feel he was misleading us. I totally agree and we were not fooled.
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  20. James Carter

    James Carter TS Rookie

    The only true and honest comment I've seen on this article.
  21. ACE76

    ACE76 TS Member

    These responses are coming 50% from HP and 50% from Intel...do you really think that payout to AMD put even a dent into Intel's business? They are still doing all sorts of illegal business desls with their customers...the sad part is that the customers are equally as shitty and guilty...I hope we see a new competitor offer PCs to consumers and businesses alike that actually follows an honest business model.
  22. m3tavision

    m3tavision TS Maniac Posts: 260   +169

    Notice how he reminded you that you wouldn't find much performance difference..?
    What he didn't say is, that you WILL find a big difference in price, though... for your business..
  23. Foobario

    Foobario TS Rookie

    Hmmmm.....your comparison is forgetting one thing that every HEDT enthusiast, except apparently you, would take into consideration. Price!!!! While you may be willing to pay $10,000 plus for your 4 socket Threadripper destroyer I'm pretty sure 99% of people would go for AMD's $1,799 option as it will work out of the box on most software used in the enthusiast level market. Your 4 socket solution will require expensive optimisations to take advantage of all those cores and still suffer from latency issues as those 4 sockets won't be as efficiently linked as Threadripper.

    Go ahead and pull the trigger on your "superior" approach and be sure to post your benchmark scores to show everyone how much of a genius you are.
  24. Foooo

    Foooo TS Rookie

    Isn't this all just posing, on both sides of the aisle, until there's some actual solutions to Meltdown/Spectre? I don't care how fast their new CPU is if it requires me to run a firmware that turns off all its features in order to run it securely when connected to the internet.
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  25. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,963   +2,273

    Thanks for the article. I am glad to see that it calls out Intel for Fake News! ;)

    As I see it, for Intel to resort to something like this indicates that they are very worried about the competition. Maybe it will for them to actually return to innovation.
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