ASRock Rack X470D4U Benchmarks
We wanted to give some sense of relative performance to more traditional server solutions on the market.
Python Linux 4.4.2 Kernel Compile Benchmark
This is one of the most requested benchmarks for STH over the past few years. The task was simple, we have a standard configuration file, the Linux 4.4.2 kernel from kernel.org, and make the standard auto-generated configuration utilizing every thread in the system. We are expressing results in terms of compiles per hour to make the results easier to read:
We tried getting a sample set that crosses a decent spectrum of alternatives to give some anchor points. Some of the comparisons are a bit odd. As you are going to see, the Ryzen 5 1600 AF performs somewhere between a 4 core and a 6 core Intel Xeon E-2200 series processor. The Ryzen 5 3600 performs well into the 6 core Xeon E-2200 range. This is certainly competitive on a performance level. You can see more commentary and the differences between the chips in our AMD Ryzen 1600 AF Review.
c-ray 1.1 Performance
We have been using c-ray for our performance testing for years now. It is a ray tracing benchmark that is extremely popular to show differences in processors under multi-threaded workloads. We are going to use our 8K results which work well at this end of the performance spectrum.
Here we can see c-ray 8K results that are solid. Performance of AMD Zen, Zen+, and Zen 2 chips tend to be great on this type of benchmark. If you wanted to build out a render farm and still have manageable nodes, then this may make a lot of sense as a solution.
7-zip Compression Performance
7-zip is a widely used compression/ decompression program that works cross-platform. We started using the program during our early days with Windows testing. It is now part of Linux-Bench.
Here we can see that the AMD EPYC 7232P performs a bit better than the ASRock Rack solutions, but the platform costs are much higher. The EPYC platform enjoys server vendor support and has more memory and PCIe I/O capacity. The Intel Xeon Bronze 3206R is closer in price and is lower performance but has significantly more robust platforms.
OpenSSL is widely used to secure communications between servers. This is an important protocol in many server stacks. We first look at our sign tests:
Here are the verify results:
Here we can see the Ryzen 5 1600 AF performs just below the Intel Xeon E-2244G levels while the Ryzen 5 3600 in the platform is a bit faster than the Xeon E-2246G. AMD has significantly lower pricing at a chip level making these important comparisons in the market.
Chess is an interesting use case since it has almost unlimited complexity. Over the years, we have received a number of requests to bring back chess benchmarking. We have been profiling systems and now use the results in our mainstream reviews:
Just taking note here that the higher TDPs of these parts can outpace the AMD EPYC 3251 parts. Embedded EPYC platforms can be an alternative, especially at the lower-end where we do not get the major PCIe I/O bumps of the EPYC 3351 and AMD EPYC 3451 dual die parts.
Our test configuration is pretty lightweight and the CPU is rated at 65W, so we were expecting decently low power consumption numbers. These power consumption numbers were gathered with the Ryzen 5 1600 AF CPU, but all three should be similar.
- Idle Power: 25W
- STH 100% Load: 109W
- Maximum observed power: 115W
These results were observed on 120V power using a basic Kill-A-Watt meter. The system is powered by a consumer-grade 80Plus Bronze power supply similar to what is found in many low-power short-depth server chassis.
Next, we are going to discuss some of our closing thoughts around the solution.