This is a question we have received a lot of inquiries about ever since our AMD EPYC 7002 Series Rome Delivers a Knockout article at launch. Many of our readers have single or dual Intel Xeon workstations and want to know if the new EPYC 7002 series, codenamed “Rome” is a direct replacement. Ever since our AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X Review that discussion has shifted. It instead focuses on whether EPYC or Threadripper is better for workstations. Since we are likely to learn more about the already announced 64 core Threadripper parts, we wanted to get a quick perspective out on which is better for the workstation market.
AMD EPYC 7002 Rome v Threadripper for Workstations
STH hit another milestone this week. We surpassed 10,000 YouTube subscribers on the ServeTheHomeVideo channel. In honor of that, we actually decided to change the format of this article that up until 48 hours ago was going to be a 2000 word written article. Instead, today we have a video.
In the video I discuss some of our experiments with using AMD EPYC CPUs in workstations including the Ultra EPYC AMD Powered Sun Ultra 24 Workstation. I also discuss why ultimately, even with access to plenty of EPYC platforms, my December 2019 workstation build was using the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X instead of EPYC 7002 series parts.
As a quick bonus here, you will notice that in the video I talk about the AMD EPYC 7282 and EPYC 7272 processors as sub $650 options. We have reviews of both of those chips in the publishing queue coming in the next few weeks.
This is one of, if not our first mainly video piece. A big part of that is due to me wanting to try the new Panasonic DC-S1 camera once it arrived. This video was also a test of a new audio recording setup which still needs work as well. In 2020 we are going to have more video on STH but we still plan to be a web-first site for the foreseeable future. With the new studio, the goal this year is to augment more of what we already do with video rather than replace, given this is an exception to that rule.