Gigabyte MZ72-HB0 Performance
At STH, we have an extensive set of performance data from every major server CPU release. Running through our standard test suite generated over 1000 data points for each set of CPUs. We are cherry-picking a few to give some sense of CPU scaling.
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 are just going to note here that we are using a standard set of dual-socket CPUs across our recent reviews. Something that we noted is that we are generally within a +/-1.5-2% margin which we consider a test variation. If you are reading each of our dual-socket server/ motherboard reviews, the performance will be what you expect.
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 new Linux-Bench2 8K render to show differences.
As you can see, we are testing the AMD EPYC 7742 at both 225W default TDP as well as the 240W cTDP. The fact that we can run at 240W and also run up to 280W means we can support chips like the frequency optimized CPUs that can utilize these higher TDP bands. We discussed those in our AMD EPYC 7F52 Benchmarks and Review.
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.
AMD has the ability to scale the number of processor cores to 64 which is well above Intel’s current 28-core limit. It is also beyond what we would expect from the 2021 Intel Ice Lake Xeon generation.
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:
We are using the EPYC 7532 as a higher-performance 32-core option and the AMD EPYC 7502, as a lower-power option. 32-core is closer to mainstream parts. You can see the impact of moving to double the core count on some workloads is enormous. While we often focus on the higher-end parts, the lower-end parts are sold in higher quantities making them more relevant in many ways.
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 are ready to start sharing results:
Again, we see some gains based on TDP, but the big gains are coming from core counts.
Next, we are going to discuss the platform from a market perspective, before getting to our final words.