Intel Xeon E5-2696 v4 vs AMD EPYC 7401

Comparative analysis of Intel Xeon E5-2696 v4 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), Geekbench 4 - Single Core, Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core.

 

Differences

Reasons to consider the Intel Xeon E5-2696 v4

  • Around 23% higher clock speed: 3.7 GHz vs 3 GHz
  • Around 13% lower typical power consumption: 150 Watt vs 155/170 Watt
Maximum frequency 3.7 GHz vs 3 GHz
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 150 Watt vs 155/170 Watt

Reasons to consider the AMD EPYC 7401

  • CPU is newer: launch date 11 month(s) later
  • Processor is unlocked, an unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
  • 2 more cores, run more applications at once: 24 vs 22
  • 4 more threads: 48 vs 44
  • Around 64% more L1 cache; more data can be stored in the L1 cache for quick access later
  • 2.2x more L2 cache, more data can be stored in the L2 cache for quick access later
  • Around 16% more L3 cache; more data can be stored in the L3 cache for quick access later
Launch date June 2017 vs 20 June 2016
Unlocked Unlocked vs Locked
Number of cores 24 vs 22
Number of threads 48 vs 44
L1 cache 96 KB (per core) vs 1408 KB
L2 cache 512 KB (per core) vs 5.5 MB
L3 cache 64 MB vs 55 MB

Compare benchmarks

CPU 1: Intel Xeon E5-2696 v4
CPU 2: AMD EPYC 7401

Name Intel Xeon E5-2696 v4 AMD EPYC 7401
CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Face Detection (mPixels/s) 45.233
CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Ocean Surface Simulation (Frames/s) 238.37
CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - T-Rex (Frames/s) 2.53
Geekbench 4 - Single Core 3541
Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core 24681

Compare specifications (specs)

Intel Xeon E5-2696 v4 AMD EPYC 7401

Essentials

Architecture codename Broadwell EP Zen
Family Xeon E5 AMD EPYC
Launch date 20 June 2016 June 2017
Place in performance rating 5 4
Processor Number E5-2696 v4
Series E5-2000 AMD EPYC 7000 Series
Vertical segment Server Server

Performance

64 bit support
Base frequency 2.2 GHz 2 GHz
Bus Speed 9.6 GT/s QPI 4800 MHz
L1 cache 1408 KB 96 KB (per core)
L2 cache 5.5 MB 512 KB (per core)
L3 cache 55 MB 64 MB
Manufacturing process technology 14 nm 14 nm
Maximum frequency 3.7 GHz 3 GHz
Number of cores 22 24
Number of threads 44 48
Operating Temperature Range -25 °C - 125 °C
Transistor count 7.2 billion 4800 million
Unlocked
Die size 192 mm

Memory

ECC memory support
Max memory channels 4 8
Maximum memory bandwidth 71.53 GB/s 307/341 GB/s
Maximum memory size 1536 GB
Supported memory types DDR4-2400 DDR4
Supported memory frequency 2400/2666 MHz

Compatibility

Max number of CPUs in a configuration 2 2
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 150 Watt 155/170 Watt
Socket Count 1P/2P
Sockets supported TR4

Peripherals

Max number of PCIe lanes 40
Number of USB ports 3.0
PCIe configurations 1x4, 1x16
PCI Express revision x128

Security & Reliability

Intel® Trusted Execution technology (TXT)

Advanced Technologies

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® technology
Fused Multiply-Add 3 (FMA3)
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2)
Intel® AES New Instructions
Intel® Hyper-Threading technology
Intel® TSX-NI
Intel® Turbo Boost technology
Intel® vPro™ Platform Eligibility

Virtualization

Intel® VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)
AMD Virtualization (AMD-V™)