We know that AMD is going to hold an event where the company will be talking about the roadmap beyond 2018 and what the company has planned for the future. It seems that the AMD Zen enterprise roadmap has leaked ahead of time and it shows what we can expect from the Zen architecture in the foreseeable future and what AMD has planned for the future of the platform.
The leaked AMD Zen enterprise roadmap reveals 9 new products that will be coming out. Some are due this year while some will be coming out later in 2018. Some of the CPUs that we are going to talk about there are based on the 14nm process while others are based on the 7nm process.
AMD Starship x86 Enterprise CPUs Will Replace Naples
First, in the AMD Zen enterprise roadmap, we have the AMD Starship CPU that features 48 Zen 2 cores. This means that it will be better optimized as compared to the current Zen architecture we have seen in the current AMD Ryzen series of processors. The CPU is based on the 7nm process and it will offer some advantages over the 14nm process. You will be able to see this CPU in early 2018.
According to reports, the Starship x86 Enterprise CPU will be replacing Naples, Along with 48 cores, the CPU also has 96 threads. This is for enterprise use so you can imagine the price will be high when it comes out. Since it’s AMD, the price should be competitive as compared to what Intel has to offer.
The chip in question will be available in different configurations and the TDP will range from 35W up to 180W depending on the configuration you opt for. Starship CPUs are going to be branded as the new Opteron CPUs.
AMD Naples Up To 32 Zen Cores, 14nm Technology
AMD Naples chips will feature up to 32 cores and 64 threads, this is also a beefy CPU. The cores in this CPU will perform better as compared to the AMD Ryzen cores that we have seen. The CPU features a total of 64 MB of L3 cache. We know that AMD Zen is scalable and it was just a matter of time before we saw such CPUs coming out.
Intel might try to tackle the situation by introducing more cores as well but it seems that won’t be enough to justify choosing Intel over AMD at the end of the day. These upcoming few months should be very interesting indeed and they will define where Intel and AMD stand in the CPU market, on the consumer side of things as well as the enterprise level.
These CPUs will be coming out in the second quarter of 2017. More information regarding the AMD Zen enterprise roadmap will be shared on the 16th of May, so stay tuned for more if you are interested.
Intel Vs AMD In The Server Market
The slides do not only show the performance and the features that AMD chips have to offer but they also compared AMD chips with the competition and according to the slides AMD offer 14% better performance as compared to Intel. AMD has a 14% advantage when compared to Intel if you talk about the advantage of cores per rack.
At the Intel side, we see 4704 cores per rack but AMD offers 5376 cores. We know that AMD offers more cores but we will have to see what kind of boost in performance we get from these additional cores. All this is great in black in white but there is always a chance that things will be different when it comes to real world applications.
AMD Snowy Owl With 16 Cores And 14nm Technology
Next in the AMD Zen enterprise roadmap, we have the AMD Snowy Owl CPUs that have lower core count. Snowy Owl variants will offer up to 16 cores and will be based on the 14nm process. With the 16 cores, you also get 32 threads along with 32 MB of L3 cache. The CPUs support quad channel memory and feature 64 PCI-e Gen 3.0 lanes.
These CPUs will come in entry-level versions and mid-range versions. While the entry-level versions will feature 4 to 8 cores the mid-range CPUs will feature 8,12 and 16 cores. This means that AMD has the whole spectrum covered and there is something for everyone at every price point. You can check out all the leaked slides here if you are interested.
Let us know what you think about this leaked AMD Zen enterprise roadmap.