AMD EPYC 8004 Siena SKUs and Pricing
Here is the SKU list for the AMD EPYC 8004 series. One can see a range from the 8-core AMD EPYC 8024P to the 8534P at 64 cores. For those wondering what the PN parts are, the N is for NEBS friendly which means things like a fixed TDP but a wider operating temperature range. For those wondering, “NEBS” is network equipment building system a common framework for telco systems. NEBS is a system-level certification so AMD can only say NEBS-friendly. It is interesting that AMD does not just have an E for embedded or something.
Here is the pricing. The AMD EPYC 8224P with 24 cores and the EPYC 8124P with 16 cores are really going to interest folks. If you have been looking at something Intel Core-level or Ryzen level, but want more PCIe Gen5 and ECC RDIMM memory, then this is going to be the option.
While we can thank AMD for only having 6 main SKUs plus 6 NEBS variants, and variable cTDP on the non-NEBS parts, the naming is still painful. The first digit is 8 and the last is 4 for Siena and 4th Gen EPYC. The P for the single socket is great. The middle two digits correspond to the number of cores and performance, but 32 cores and below in the EPYC 8004 is a 2 for performance and 48 and 64 cores are a 3.
While AMD’s SKU stack is much easier than Intel’s, Ampere still wins with the best SKU naming focusing on series, core count, and clock speed. Just for some sense, there is not a number in this naming convention for Zen 4 versus Zen 4c.
This is a bit of a strange launch. We do not have benchmarks on day 1. It almost feels like AMD is launching just to get the news out ahead of Intel Innovation 2023 instead of just letting Siena have its time to shine. That is a bummer as this is an exciting product line. AMD needed something in the lower core count and power space, beyond the new Low Power AMD EPYC 7003 SKUs. This is what we have been waiting for over generations of EPYC.
What is really interesting is the strategy. AMD’s strategy is basically here are cores, DDR5 channels, and PCIe Gen5, go make something of it. Intel’s strategy for the telco edge involves things like Xeon D, Xeon EE, and more with onboard acceleration. This launch felt like an opportunity for AMD to show Siena along with former Xilinx Alveo cards to highlight the NEBS-friendly SKUs targeting the telco space.
The good news is that we will have reviews coming. A somewhat fortuitous alignment means that we are not doing launch day reviews the same week we have Intel Innovation 2023 and are moving the STH studio to a larger location. Siena might be the first new product line we do in the new studio.