AMD EPYC is the upcoming line of server CPUs from AMD and Intel has been pointing fingers at the new platform. Official Intel slides criticized the platform for being 4 desktop dies being glued together. AMD has been silent about this but at the official presentation, the company spokesperson did have much to say in the defense of the AMD EPYC platform.
While Intel has been pointing the finger, AMD has remained cool and has not made the same mistake. The way I see it Intel has just shot itself in the foot and told everyone that the company is threatened by AMD and what the underdog has to offer. AMD talked about the Security enhancements, bandwidth over-provisioning and enterprise exclusive features that AMD EPYC has to offer.
Clearly, these features are not available on the desktop series of mainstream CPUs like the Ryzen 5 or the Ryzen 7. AMD also announced the Ryzen 3 CPUs that will be hitting the shelves on the 27th of this month. According to Scott Aylor, SVP and GM Enterprise Solutions:
“There’s a theory out there that EPYC is just 4 desktop processors glued together. When you look at throughout the presentations today, from Mike Clark, about the memory sizes and features that he has built into the core and when you hear from Kevin the security enhancements that are in there, when you hear from Jerry about the over provisioning of memory bandwidth between the devices, you hear from Sam determinism features that aren’t available from the competitor that were built for enterprise. Hopefully you will realize this is not a glued together desktop processor.”
I think that the audience is mature enough to know what is going on here. I do not need to make any clarifications or defend either side. The people that understand hardware know what is going on here and I think that it is pretty clear even if you do not know much about hardware but know how competition works. Aylor further said:
“Could we have built a monolithic part? Absolutely. But it would have involved trade-offs that would have dragged our performance down because it would have been too large and too difficult to manufacture. Breaking Moore’s law is what we did with Infinity Fabric. Now thinking about that architectural innovation – so what? How do we think about it providing real performance and real demonstrable value”
It is also clear that the Zen architecture is not as great as what Intel has to offer the server market, that is for sure but it does not matter. AMD has clearly said that these CPUs will not be excellent at everything. AMD has been very upfront about these details. Let us know what you think about AMD EPYC and all this drama that Intel has created.