Introducing the AMD EPYC 7002
In this section, we are going to show you the features of the AMD EPYC 7002 processor. Just to give our readers a visual, here is what one looks like.
Comparing them to the previous version, perhaps the biggest difference is the carrier. Blue is AMD EPYC 7001. Green is AMD EPYC 7002. Red is the Chinese market Hygon Dhyana.
The AMD EPYC 7002 series comes in 8 to 64 cores per socket. There are both single socket and dual socket capable SKUs.
AMD EPYC 7002 SKU List and Value Analysis
Here is the official slide from AMD with the EPYC 7002 series SKUs:
Since this is STH, we are taking that chart and putting it into our own format. Here is what the coded version looks like:
One of AMD’s big value propositions is the ability to have single socket only SKUs. We call these “P” series parts because AMD designates these with a “P” suffix. Here is what that looks like alone:
Here are the dual-socket SKUs. These can be run in single-socket mode, but we suggest getting the “P” series parts for single-socket servers if one exists. One can either save money by getting a “P” series part or move up the SKU stack at the same price with the “P” series.
Overall, we think this is a solid stack, and much larger than the initial AMD EPYC 7001 series. At the same time, there are a few glaring omissions. We do not see the 16 core AMD EPYC 7371 competitor. We would have hoped to have seen one with high clock speeds. We also do not see a 48-core AMD EPYC 7002 “P” series part. We have asked why, and not received a response. Our sense is that for anyone looking to do single-socket consolidation, the AMD EPYC 7702P becomes the standout choice. AMD is basically saying “just get that one.”
When it comes to the top-bin SKUs, the value proposition is simple, just get a higher-end SKU and consolidate more servers to save money. AMD is extracting value for the higher-core count SKUs. For AMD a chip with 64-cores, 256MB L3 cache, 128x PCIe Gen4 lanes at just under $7000 compares favorably when its nearest Intel Xeon competitors are two Intel Xeon Platinum 8280M SKUs (M for the higher-memory capacity) that run just over $13,000 each. AMD at around $7000 is essentially saying Intel needs to start their discounting at 73% to get competitive, and that is not taking into account using fewer servers.
On the AMD EPYC 7702P side, AMD is calling Intel that if it wants to be performance competitive, it needs to discount two Platinum 8280M’s by 83% plus the incremental cost of a dual-socket server versus a single-socket server. This is a big deal.
AMD still does not have a sub $400 SKU, but the new SKUs make more sense. One can get an 8 core AMD EPYC 7262, for example, at only $575 which higher clock speeds, a massive cache, and huge amounts of I/O compared to what Intel can offer. AMD also does not have sub-100W TDP SKUs. The company is positioning for higher value servers with more devices attached or more performance per socket.
Next, we are going to look at the platform and architectural updates to the AMD EPYC 7002 series.