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AMD 4th Gen Epyc CPUs Unveiled for Data Center Modernization

The News: AMD 4th gen Epyc CPUs, the latest in AMD’s powerful Epyc server chip line, are now available, built to target data center modernization for critical workloads across cloud, enterprise, and high performance computing. The new Epyc CPUs, which are code-named “Genoa,” follow the company’s previous third-gen Epyc Milan CPUs, which debuted in March of 2021. The latest Epyc Genoa chips offer bolstered compute capabilities, higher energy efficiency, and next-generation architecture to deliver greater performance for a wide range of critical computing workloads. Read the full AMD Press Release about the new Epyc processors.

AMD 4th Gen Epyc CPUs Unveiled for Data Center Modernization

Analyst Take: AMD 4th gen Epyc CPUs have arrived, ready to continue AMD’s long reputation for building quality CPUs with outstanding compute power, flexibility, and low-energy requirements for enterprise data centers, HPC, research and more.

The latest 4th gen Epyc Genoa CPUs offer all those things and more for enterprise customers that have massive compute requirements for data center modernization and other projects. The new Epyc Genoa chips take over where the Milan chips left off, offering 16 to 96 individual Zen 4 cores in each processor and providing up to 2.8x more performance and up to 54 percent less power consumption than the previous chips.

This is great progress in just one generation of chips and is a credit to AMD’s research and development and innovation in this competitive and demanding marketplace.

By allowing new enterprise servers to run AMD 4th gen Epyc CPUs with up to 96 cores in a single processor, AMD argues that customers can then buy fewer but more powerful servers to run their workloads in more efficient ways. I believe this is a realistic strategy that can save money by making servers more efficient on a processing per dollar basis while also saving energy, data center space, and oversight costs required by having more servers.

For enterprise users, this is the idea and power of data center modernization, by replacing older servers with new machines and hardware that can dramatically reduce costs for energy consumption, cooling, floor space, and more.

Inside AMD’s 4th Gen Epyc CPUs

The new AMD Epyc CPUs differ from the earlier Milan CPUs through the additions of several important features for AI and machine learning applications, including support for faster DDR5 memory and for the PCIe Gen 5 interface. The new 4th Gen AMD Epyc CPUs also support Compute Express Link (CXL) 1.1+, which allows users to meet demands for larger in-memory workload capacity, according to AMD.

Security features are also expanded in the latest Epyc CPUs, including deeper AMD Infinity Guard capabilities, which provide physical and virtual layers of protection and twice the number of encryption keys compared to previous generations to help keep data secure locally, in the cloud, or anywhere else it is stored.

As part of AMD’s unveiling of the new 4th gen Epyc chips, a wide range of AMD partners also announced their plans to incorporate the chips in their upcoming devices.

Dell Technologies said it will use the chips in its next generation of Dell PowerEdge servers, while HPE announced the new HPE Proliant Gen11 servers that will also be available through a pay-as-you-go consumption model with HPE GreenLake. HPE will also offer AMD Epyc processors across its supercomputing range with the new HPE Cray EX2500 and HPE Cray XD2000 supercomputers.

Lenovo will power 21 new ThinkSystem servers and ThinkAgile hyperconverged (HCI) solutions using the new AMD CPUs, while Microsoft announced plans for new Virtual Machines (VMs) for HPC, as well as additional VMs and containers using the new chips.

Oracle, Supermicro, VMware and other partners also announced plans for the chips in their offerings as well.

AMD 4th Gen Epyc Processor Overview

With its latest processor offerings, AMD again hits the road running in the enterprise data center modernization, HPC, cloud and AI marketplaces, bringing higher performance, lower energy consumption and other important benefits for users. This 4th generation of AMD’s Epyc chips continues to spotlight the company’s technological innovation, value, and marketing prowess, as well as the smart leadership of its executive team as it again executes its vision for the processors of the future.

Disclosure: Futurum Research is a research and advisory firm that engages or has engaged in research, analysis, and advisory services with many technology companies, including those mentioned in this article. The author does not hold any equity positions with any company mentioned in this article.

Analysis and opinions expressed herein are specific to the analyst individually and data and other information that might have been provided for validation, not those of Futurum Research as a whole.

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