Belgian Retailer Listing: AMD EPYC Rome Considerably Cheaper Than Intel Cascade Lake Xeon

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2Compute, the Belgian retailer who previously listed the specifications for AMD's EPYC Rome processors, has listed the core-heavy chips on the company's E-commerce store.

It's been known for a while now that AMD's EPYC Rome chips will come with as many as 64 cores while Intel is stuck at a maximum of 56 cores with the Xeon Platinum 9282. AMD is expected to launch its EPYC Rome army to battle Intel's Cascade Lake Xeon processors in the enterprise territory before the end of the year. It now seems that AMD not only plans to deliver more cores than Intel but wants to offer them at a considerably lower cost.

Belgium has a 21% VAT (value-added tax) rate. Therefore, we're using the pre-VAT price for comparison. Since the EPYC Rome chips aren't out yet, it's important to take 2Compute's listing with a heap of salt as the prices could be placeholders.

64-Core EPYC Rome Versus 56-Core Cascade Lake Xeon Platinum

ModelCores
Threads
Boost ClockCacheTDP
Pricing
EPYC 7742
64128
3.40 GHz
256MB225W
$7,738.27
EPYC 7702
64128
3.35 GHz
256MB
200W
$7,184.42
EPYC 7702P
641283.35 GHz256MB200W
$4,932.34
Xeon Platinum 9282561123.80 GHz77MB400W?

The EPYC 7742, 7702 and 7702P are the highest performing 64-core EPYC parts for this generation. The EPYC 7742 costs around $7,700. The EPYC 7702, which comes with a slightly lower boost clock, goes for $7,000 while the single-socket version sells for as low as $5,000. Although we know the Xeon Platinum 9282 exists, we have yet to see the pricing for the processor: The Xeon Platinum 9282 isn't available on its own, you can only purchase it as a part of the Intel Server System S9200WK.

48-Core EPYC Rome Versus 48-Core Cascade Lake Xeon Platinum

ModelCores
Threads
Boost ClockCacheTDP
Pricing
EPYC 7642
4896
3.40 GHz
256MB225W
$5,319.99
EPYC 7552
4896
3.35 GHz
192MB
200W
$4,486.77
EPYC 7542
48963.40 GHz192MB225W
$3,793.31
Xeon Platinum 924248963.80 GHz71.5MB350W?

Both Intel and AMD offer 48-core chips in their enterprise portfolio. The EPYC 7642 is listed for $5,300 while the EPYC 7552 and 7542 carry $4,500 and $3,800 price tags, respectively. Once again, Intel reportedly sells the Xeon Platinum 9242 with the Server System S9200WK package, so price is unknown for now.

32-Core EPYC Rome Versus 28-Core Cascade Lake Xeon Platinum

ModelCores
Threads
Boost ClockCacheTDP
Pricing
EPYC 7502
3264
3.35 GHz
128MB180W
$2,908.03
EPYC 7502P
32643.35 GHz
128MB
180W
$2,573.92
EPYC 7452
32643.35 GHz128MB155W
$2,268.42
Xeon Platinum 828028564.00 GHz38.5MB205W$10,000
Xeon Platinum 827628564.00 GHz
38.5MB
165W$8,719
Xeon Platinum 827026524.00 GHz35.75MB205W$7,405

AMD is the only chipmaker offering 32-core models for this segment. The EPYC 7502 and 7502P cost $2,900 and $2,500, respectively, and the 7452 is worth $2,200. The recommended customer pricing for the Xeon Platinum 8280 and 8276 is $10,000 and $8,719, respectively. The two aforementioned parts are the base models as Intel also offers the "M" and "L" variants with extended memory support for a heavy premium. Even the 26-core Xeon Platinum 8270, which sells for $7,405, is substantially more expensive than AMD's 32-core parts.

24-Core EPYC Rome Versus 24-Core Cascade Lake Xeon Platinum

ModelCores
Threads
Boost ClockCacheTDP
Pricing
EPYC 7402
2448
3.35 GHz
128MB180W
$2,001.76
EPYC 7402P
24483.35 GHz
128MB
180W
$1,401.57
EPYC 7352
24483.20 GHz128MB155W
$1,513.03
Xeon Platinum 826824483.90 GHz35.75MB
205W$6,302
Xeon Platinum 826024
48
3.90 GHz
35.75MB
165W$4,702
Xeon Gold 625224483.70 GHz35.75MB
150W$3,655

AMD's 24-core SKUs include the EPYC 7402, 7402P, and 7352 that are listed for $2,000, $1,400, and $1,500, respectively. Intel, on the other hand, has the Xeon Platinum 8268, 8260 and Xeon Gold 6252. The pair of Platinum 8268 and 8260 chips go for $6,300 and $4,700, respectively, while the Xeon Gold 6252 retails for $3,600.

Other EPYC Rome Offerings

ModelCores
Threads
Boost ClockCacheTDP
Pricing
EPYC 7302
16323.30 GHz128MB155W
$1,097.66
EPYC 7302P
16323.30 GHz
128MB
155W
$928.18
EPYC 7282
16323.20 GHz
64MB120W
$732.64
EPYC 7272
12243.20 GHz
64MB
120W
$705.26
EPYC 7262
8
163.40 GHz
64MB
155W
$649.59
EPYC 7252
8163.20 GHz
32MB
120W$538.03
EPYC 7252P
8163.20 GHz
64MB
120W
$509.63

The entry-level, octa-core processors cost anywhere from $500 to $650. The sole 12-core EPYC part costs roughly $700. When it comes to the 16-core models, you can expect pricing to be around $730 to $1,100, depending on the SKU.

By now, it's apparent that EPYC Rome processors have a lot to offer. They have significantly higher core counts, more cache and lower TDP (thermal design power) ratings as opposed to their Intel rivals. If 2Compute's listing is accurate, EPYC Rome chips will be priced very aggressively as well. It'll be interesting to see whether it'll be enough to convert enterprise consumers over to the Red Team.