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AMD returns to the server battlefield with the 'Naples' CPU

AMD returns to the server battlefield with the 'Naples' CPU

The CPU supports a maximum of 21.3GBps per channel with DDR4-2667 multiplied by 8 channels, reaching a total of 170.7GBps - 30GBps more than the Intel Xeon 22-core E5-2699A v4 processor, according to AMD's claims.

AMD is giving the world a peak at its upcoming high-performance CPU for servers, codenamed "Naples".

Key features of the Naples CPU include a highly scalable 32-core SoC design with support for two high-performance threads per core and industry leading memory bandwidth with support for up to 32 dimms on 16 memory channels in a dual socket server. In a head-to-head comparison with the Intel Xeon E5-2699A v4, AMD reckons Naples can offer a 2.5x performance advantage in analysis workloads that tax the entire system.

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Now that AMD has worked its way through the Zen architecture launch with its mainstream Ryzen processors, the company can now start turning its attention to other markets. The Naples-powered server completed each task as much as 2.5 times faster than the Intel machine.

AMD's plan is to being more memory capacity, more cores, more bandwidth, and more I/O to the server than Intel's top chip can muster.

But it's when the dataset is increased to four billion samples that the true scope of the Naples platform really shines through.

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The AMD Naples system also has double the memory channels, further improving peak memory bandwidth.

According to ZDNet, Naples server processors will support up to 8-channels of memory per device. 2017 is certainly shaping up to be a great year for AMD.

AMD has said that it will launch Naples formally in the second half of this year, though has not yet providing pricing information; neither has the company announced partner companies which are planning to launch server products based around Naples, a market now dominated by Intel's Xeon family of processors.

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"Today marks the first major milestone in AMD re-asserting its position as an innovator in the datacentre and returning choice to customers in high-performance server CPUs", said Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom business unit, AMD.

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