Everything you need to know about AMD's 3rd Gen/Zen 3 EPYC processors
Published: 15th March 2021 | Source: AMD |
New Features - Security, Memory and ISA enhancements
With their 3rd Generation EPYC processors, AMD has revamped their processor's I/O die to enable new security features. With these changes, AMD has made their processors more secure and has added additional value to their EPYC processor line. 3rd Generation EPYC is about more than performance; it's about all aspects of customer value.
Another jab at Intel
In their pre-briefing, AMD discussed the ongoing impact of Spectre and similar side-channel attacks. With 2nd Generation and 3rd Generation EPYC, AMD has hardened the security of their processors, with 3rd Generation EPYC receiving stronger hardware-based security improvements.
The chart below highlights a lot of speculative execution attacks, most of which are not applicable to AMD's processors. This is yet another jab at Intel and the frequency of speculative execution attack discoveries for Intel-based CPU platforms. In this regard, AMD is painting a clear picture; that their processors are more secure than their rivals.
With their EPYC 7003 series, AMD's made their product line more versatile, as they know that their customers will want to do everything that they can to deliver more value within their systems.
With EPYC 7003 processors, AMD has upgraded their I/O die to handle 6-channel memory configurations better and deliver better performance on systems that use fewer memory DIMMs. This is great news for EPYC users who don't need the bandwidth or high memory cappacities 8-channel memory configurations. This change gives system integrators more options, and that's good for AMD's bottom line.
With their EPYC 7003 processors, AMD has also added some new ISA instructions to enhance the security and performance of their processors. These features enable a higher level of system optimisation for EPYC processors, which is good for AMD in the long-term.
In all, AMD's 3rd generation 7003 EPYC processors deliver more computational performance, more versatile configuration options and compatibility with both new and existing server designs.
Users of 2nd generation EPYC servers will only need a BIOS update to support 3rd Generation EPYC processors, which will come as great news for customers who wish to upgrade to AMD's latest wares.