AMD To Launch Naples CPU For Servers
AMD’s new zen architecture has been getting a lot of attention lately thanks to their Intel buster, the Ryzen CPU, but the manufacturer is not only launching processors aimed at consumers using Ryzen; servers too are getting some love with the new Naples CPU with 32 cores — 64 threads thanks to simultaneous multithreading — which will launch sometime during the second quarter of this year and will be sold for a reported $4500, though it should be noted this number is highly speculative.
The Naples CPU, though it may not launch under that name, will have the aforementioned 64 threads coupled with eight channels of DDR4 memory, which will each have two DIMMs. Purchasers will have the option of getting either a single- or dual-processor version, which give some flexibility for manufacturers. The processor — or both, as the case may be — will support 128 PCIe 3.0 lanes. The dual-processor variant will effectively double the power of the Naples CPU, making it a real beast, indeed.
The Naples CPU can support up to 4TB of DRAM per server, with one CPU having a memory bandwidth of 170 GB per second. AMD boasts that the Naples runs at double the performance as a comparable Intel server CPU, though as no samples have been released yet all we have is AMD’s word for that.
However, if all these numbers are true, taken together it seems that AMD is planning to launch an offensive on the server market with the Naples CPU the same way they did on the commercial market with the Ryzen. If the Naples lives up to its promise the same way the Ryzen did, it could very well be that this thrust, too, will be an AMD success story. We’ll know more over the second quarter.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.