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Overclocked AMD EPYC Rome 7742 dual socket tops Corona bench, beating Intel Xeon Platinum 8280L setup by 10 percent

The overclocked EPYC Rome 7742 topped the Corona benchmark (Image source: AMD)
The overclocked EPYC Rome 7742 topped the Corona benchmark (Image source: AMD)
A user over on the Chiphell overclocked a dual socket engineering sample setup of the AMD EPYC Rome 7742, topping the Corona benchmark and leaving Intel's Xeon Platinum 8280L in the dust.
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A user over on the Chinese ChipHell forums managed to overclock a dual socket AMD EPYC Rome 7742 server setup to 3.8 GHz. The monster configuration topped the Corona CPU benchmark, rendering over 48 million rays per second. This put the EPYC Rome 7742 system ahead of the Intel Xeon Platinum 8280L by over 3 million rays per second. 

The user apparently used a rare EPYC Rome 7742 engineering sample to accomplish this feat, running it on an unspecified Foxconn socket SP3 motherboard, paired with 512 GB of system memory. 

While there are consumer solutions like the 64-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X that should deliver superior performance, especially when overclocked past the 4 GHz mark, this result is interesting because of the gains AMD's server parts have made in recent years in the enterprise sector. 

AMD's chiplet approach to CPU design means that Ryzen, Threadripper, and EPYC CPUs scale linearly with price. Intel's monolithic design means that its own processors cost exponentially more as core count increases. Reports indicate that Intel's steep price cuts on both consumer and server CPUs are part its strategy to contain AMD's cost-advantage by taking a loss in the short to medium term. Regardless, if AMD's EPYC Genoa and EPYC Milan designs offer superior performance for less, enterprise clients like Netflix might decide to jump ship. 

The overclocker's 7742 dual socket setup (Image source: Chiphell)
The overclocker's 7742 dual socket setup (Image source: Chiphell)

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Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - Tech Writer - 454 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. Apart from working as an editor at Notebookcheck, I write for outlets including TechSpot and Gamingbolt. I’m the Director of Content at Flying V Group, one of the top 5 digital marketing agencies in Orange County. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.
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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-04-21 (Update: 2020-04-21)