AMD announces highest-clocked server-grade CPU - the EPYC 7371
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Before making the jump to the recently announced EPYC Rome server-grade CPU based on the 7 nm Zen 2 architecture, AMD decided to refresh the existing EPYC 7000 series with a few new models. One of these is the EPYC 7371 that comes with 16 cores and 32 threads (highest core count goes to the EPYC 7601, which has 32 cores and 64 threads). However, the EPYC 7371 is the highest-clocked processor from the EPYC 7000-series with default frequencies set at 3.1 GHz and boost frequencies going as high as 3.8 GHz (the first 7000-series could only reach 3.2 GHz).
AMD is aiming this new model at design automation and high-frequency trading tasks that usually benefit from higher core clocks. The EPYC 7371 supports 2S racks, so enterprise clients can easily use dual-CPU setups for increased performance. Additionally, the new processor gets 32 MB L3 cache and supports 8-channel DDR memory configurations plus up to 128 PCIe lanes. Its TDP rating is between 155/170W depending on the boost clocks.
The processor is scheduled to be released in Q1 2019 with an MSRP of US$1,400+. EPYC Rome is around half a year away from launch, and, even though AMD has not revealed the pricing scheme yet, it might be wiser to wait a bit more for the new 7 nm chips.
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