Intel Xeon E5-2696 v2 vs AMD EPYC 7401

Comparative analysis of Intel Xeon E5-2696 v2 and AMD EPYC 7401 processors for all known characteristics in the following categories: Essentials, Performance, Memory, Compatibility, Peripherals, Security & Reliability, Advanced Technologies, Virtualization. Benchmark processor performance analysis: CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Face Detection (mPixels/s), CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Ocean Surface Simulation (Frames/s), CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - T-Rex (Frames/s), CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Video Composition (Frames/s), CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Bitcoin Mining (mHash/s), Geekbench 4 - Single Core, Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core.

 

Differences

Reasons to consider the Intel Xeon E5-2696 v2

  • Around 109900% higher clock speed: 3300 MHz vs 3 GHz
Maximum frequency 3300 MHz vs 3 GHz

Reasons to consider the AMD EPYC 7401

  • Processor is unlocked, an unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
  • 12 more cores, run more applications at once: 24 vs 12
  • 24 more threads: 48 vs 24
  • A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor: 14 nm vs 22 nm
  • 3x more L1 cache, more data can be stored in the L1 cache for quick access later
  • 4x more L2 cache, more data can be stored in the L2 cache for quick access later
  • 2.1x more L3 cache, more data can be stored in the L3 cache for quick access later
Unlocked Unlocked vs Locked
Number of cores 24 vs 12
Number of threads 48 vs 24
Manufacturing process technology 14 nm vs 22 nm
L1 cache 96 KB (per core) vs 768 KB
L2 cache 512 KB (per core) vs 3 MB
L3 cache 64 MB vs 30 MB

Compare benchmarks

CPU 1: Intel Xeon E5-2696 v2
CPU 2: AMD EPYC 7401

Name Intel Xeon E5-2696 v2 AMD EPYC 7401
CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Face Detection (mPixels/s) 56.68
CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Ocean Surface Simulation (Frames/s) 312.635
CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - T-Rex (Frames/s) 3.097
CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Video Composition (Frames/s) 16.335
CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Bitcoin Mining (mHash/s) 84.763
Geekbench 4 - Single Core 3541
Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core 24681

Compare specifications (specs)

Intel Xeon E5-2696 v2 AMD EPYC 7401

Essentials

Architecture codename Ivy Bridge-EP Zen
Family Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 AMD EPYC
Place in performance rating 25 10
Processor Number E5-2696 v2
Vertical segment Server Server
Launch date June 2017
Series AMD EPYC 7000 Series

Performance

64 bit support
Base frequency 2500 MHz 2 GHz
Bus Speed 5 GT/s DMI
L1 cache 768 KB 96 KB (per core)
L2 cache 3 MB 512 KB (per core)
L3 cache 30 MB 64 MB
Manufacturing process technology 22 nm 14 nm
Maximum frequency 3300 MHz 3 GHz
Number of cores 12 24
Number of threads 24 48
Die size 192 mm
Transistor count 4800 million
Unlocked

Memory

ECC memory support
Max memory channels 4 8
Maximum memory size 768 GB (per socket)
Supported memory types DDR3 DDR4
Maximum memory bandwidth 307/341 GB/s
Supported memory frequency 2400/2666 MHz

Compatibility

Max number of CPUs in a configuration 2 2
Sockets supported LGA2011 TR4
Socket Count 1P/2P
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 155/170 Watt

Peripherals

PCI Express revision 3.0 x128

Security & Reliability

Execute Disable Bit (EDB)
Intel® Trusted Execution technology (TXT)

Advanced Technologies

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® technology
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
Intel® AES New Instructions
Intel® Hyper-Threading technology
Intel® TSX-NI

Virtualization

Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
AMD Virtualization (AMD-V™)