For our longtime readers at STH, you will probably notice that one theme in our reviews, including our AMD EPYC 7351P Single Socket CPU Linux Benchmarks and Review is that AMD EPYC has done a great job providing many cores inexpensively. On the other hand, it often does so at a lower clock speed. That makes the AMD EPYC 7001 line more exciting for VMware and Linux shops or others with per-socket licensing, but less so for per-core licensing. In 2019, we know that AMD EPYC 2 Rome Will Change the Game. In the interim, we have new extensions to the AMD EPYC 7001 line. One of those we highlighted was the AMD EPYC 7261 8 Core CPU. With Supercomputing 2018, we have the AMD EPYC 7371 launch of a frequency optimized SKU.
AMD EPYC 7371 Key Specs
We do not have full specs on the chip yet, however, what we do know is that the AMD EPYC 7371 has 16 cores and 32 threads. Since this is a “73×1” part, we expect that it will also have 64MB L3 cache.
Clock speeds are much higher. The AMD EPYC 7351P featured a 2.4GHz base and 2.9GHz turbo clock with a 170W TDP. AMD announced that the AMD EPYC 7371 will have a 3.1 GHz base frequency, with a 3.6GHz all core boost frequency and a 3.8GHz max boost frequency for eight cores. That is a 700MHz+ upgrade over the AMD EPYC 7351 and 7351P. For those who wanted higher frequency AMD EPYC SKUs, this is it.
Since this is not listed as a “P” SKU, we expect it to be dual socket capable. AMD did not give out the official TDP, but it is reasonable to assume that increasing clock speed by 700MHz will yield more power. The AMD SP3 socket has plenty of thermal headroom for higher-power processors.
We are happy that AMD is moving into a frequency optimized direction and expect that it will be more of a focus with the upcoming Rome generation. We first got wind of the AMD EPYC 7371 AMD Next Horizon Event and already requested a sample to add to our expansive data set. Stay tuned for performance numbers. We have plenty of AMD EPYC sockets waiting for this new and exciting SKU. AMD says it will be available in Q1 2019.