Intel Xeon Silver 4208 vs AMD EPYC 7551

Comparative analysis of Intel Xeon Silver 4208 and AMD EPYC 7551 processors for all known characteristics in the following categories: Essentials, Performance, Memory, Compatibility, Peripherals, Security & Reliability, Advanced Technologies, Virtualization. Benchmark processor performance analysis: PassMark - Single thread mark, PassMark - CPU mark, Geekbench 4 - Single Core, Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core.

 

Differences

Reasons to consider the Intel Xeon Silver 4208

  • CPU is newer: launch date 1 year(s) 10 month(s) later
  • Around 7% higher clock speed: 3.20 GHz vs 3 GHz
  • 2.1x lower typical power consumption: 85 Watt vs 180 Watt
  • Around 12% better performance in PassMark - Single thread mark: 1680 vs 1502
Specifications (specs)
Launch date 2 April 2019 vs June 2017
Maximum frequency 3.20 GHz vs 3 GHz
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 85 Watt vs 180 Watt
Benchmarks
PassMark - Single thread mark 1680 vs 1502

Reasons to consider the AMD EPYC 7551

  • Processor is unlocked, an unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
  • 24 more cores, run more applications at once: 32 vs 8
  • 48 more threads: 64 vs 16
  • 6x more L1 cache, more data can be stored in the L1 cache for quick access later
  • 2x more L2 cache, more data can be stored in the L2 cache for quick access later
  • 5.8x more L3 cache, more data can be stored in the L3 cache for quick access later
  • Around 41% better performance in PassMark - CPU mark: 18483 vs 13116
Specifications (specs)
Unlocked Unlocked vs Locked
Number of cores 32 vs 8
Number of threads 64 vs 16
L1 cache 96 KB (per core) vs 512 KB
L2 cache 512 KB (per core) vs 8 MB
L3 cache 64 MB vs 11 MB
Benchmarks
PassMark - CPU mark 18483 vs 13116

Compare benchmarks

CPU 1: Intel Xeon Silver 4208
CPU 2: AMD EPYC 7551

PassMark - Single thread mark
CPU 1
CPU 2
1680
1502
PassMark - CPU mark
CPU 1
CPU 2
13116
18483
Name Intel Xeon Silver 4208 AMD EPYC 7551
PassMark - Single thread mark 1680 1502
PassMark - CPU mark 13116 18483
Geekbench 4 - Single Core 2956
Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core 20125

Compare specifications (specs)

Intel Xeon Silver 4208 AMD EPYC 7551

Essentials

Architecture codename Cascade Lake Zen
Family Xeon Silver AMD EPYC
Launch date 2 April 2019 June 2017
Launch price (MSRP) $417
Place in performance rating 203 201
Processor Number 4208
Series 4200 AMD EPYC 7000 Series
Vertical segment Server Server
Price now $3,813.99
Value for money (0-100) 1.43

Performance

64 bit support
Base frequency 2.10 GHz 2 GHz
L1 cache 512 KB 96 KB (per core)
L2 cache 8 MB 512 KB (per core)
L3 cache 11 MB 64 MB
Manufacturing process technology 14 nm 14 nm
Maximum case temperature (TCase) 78 °C
Maximum frequency 3.20 GHz 3 GHz
Number of cores 8 32
Number of threads 16 64
Number of Ultra Path Interconnect (UPI) Links 2
Unlocked
Die size 192 mm
Transistor count 4800 million

Memory

ECC memory support
Max memory channels 6 8
Maximum memory bandwidth 107.3 GB/s 341 GB/s
Maximum memory size 1 TB
Supported memory frequency 2400 MHz 2666 MHz
Supported memory types DDR4-2400 DDR4

Compatibility

Sockets supported FCLGA3647 TR4
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 85 Watt 180 Watt
Max number of CPUs in a configuration 2
Socket Count 1P/2P

Peripherals

Max number of PCIe lanes 48
PCI Express revision 3.0 x128
Scalability 2S

Security & Reliability

Execute Disable Bit (EDB)
Intel® Trusted Execution technology (TXT)
Mode-based Execute Control (MBE)

Advanced Technologies

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® technology
Intel 64
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2)
Intel® AES New Instructions
Intel® Hyper-Threading technology
Intel® Optane™ Memory Supported
Intel® TSX-NI
Intel® Turbo Boost technology
Intel® Volume Management Device (VMD)
Intel® vPro™ Platform Eligibility
Speed Shift technology
Turbo Boost Max 3.0

Virtualization

Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
Intel® VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)
AMD Virtualization (AMD-V™)