Intel Xeon Silver 4214Y vs AMD EPYC 7251

Comparative analysis of Intel Xeon Silver 4214Y and AMD EPYC 7251 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.

 

Differences

Reasons to consider the Intel Xeon Silver 4214Y

  • CPU is newer: launch date 1 year(s) 10 month(s) later
  • 4 more cores, run more applications at once: 12 vs 8
  • 8 more threads: 24 vs 16
  • Around 10% higher clock speed: 3.20 GHz vs 2.9 GHz
  • 3x more L2 cache, more data can be stored in the L2 cache for quick access later
  • Around 41% lower typical power consumption: 85 Watt vs 120 Watt
  • Around 11% better performance in PassMark - Single thread mark: 1790 vs 1612
  • Around 3% better performance in PassMark - CPU mark: 15248 vs 14865
Specifications (specs)
Launch date 2 Apr 2019 vs June 2017
Number of cores 12 vs 8
Number of threads 24 vs 16
Maximum frequency 3.20 GHz vs 2.9 GHz
L2 cache 12 MB vs 512 KB (per core)
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 85 Watt vs 120 Watt
Benchmarks
PassMark - Single thread mark 1790 vs 1612
PassMark - CPU mark 15248 vs 14865

Reasons to consider the AMD EPYC 7251

  • Processor is unlocked, an unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
  • Around 94% more L3 cache; more data can be stored in the L3 cache for quick access later
Unlocked Unlocked vs Locked
L3 cache 32 MB vs 16.5 MB

Compare benchmarks

CPU 1: Intel Xeon Silver 4214Y
CPU 2: AMD EPYC 7251

PassMark - Single thread mark
CPU 1
CPU 2
1790
1612
PassMark - CPU mark
CPU 1
CPU 2
15248
14865
Name Intel Xeon Silver 4214Y AMD EPYC 7251
PassMark - Single thread mark 1790 1612
PassMark - CPU mark 15248 14865

Compare specifications (specs)

Intel Xeon Silver 4214Y AMD EPYC 7251

Essentials

Architecture codename Cascade Lake Zen
Launch date 2 Apr 2019 June 2017
Launch price (MSRP) $768
Place in performance rating 507 584
Processor Number 4214Y
Series 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors AMD EPYC 7000 Series
Status Launched
Vertical segment Server Server
Family AMD EPYC

Performance

Base frequency 2.20 GHz 2.1 GHz
L1 cache 768 KB 96 KB (per core)
L2 cache 12 MB 512 KB (per core)
L3 cache 16.5 MB 32 MB
Manufacturing process technology 14 nm 14 nm
Maximum core temperature 77°C
Maximum frequency 3.20 GHz 2.9 GHz
Number of cores 12 8
Number of threads 24 16
Number of Ultra Path Interconnect (UPI) Links 2
64 bit support
Die size 192 mm
Transistor count 4800 million
Unlocked

Memory

Max memory channels 6 8
Maximum memory size 1 TB
Supported memory frequency 2400 MHz 2400 MHz
Supported memory types DDR4-2400 DDR4
Maximum memory bandwidth 307 GB/s

Compatibility

Package Size 76.0mm x 56.5mm
Sockets supported FCLGA3647 TR4
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 85 Watt 120 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® Run Sure Technology
Intel® Trusted Execution technology (TXT)
Mode-based Execute Control (MBE)

Advanced Technologies

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® technology
Instruction set extensions Intel SSE4.2, Intel AVX, Intel AVX2, Intel AVX-512
Intel 64
Intel® AES New Instructions
Intel® Hyper-Threading technology
Intel® Turbo Boost technology
Intel® Volume Management Device (VMD)
Intel® vPro™ Platform Eligibility
Number of AVX-512 FMA Units 1
Speed Shift technology

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™)