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A 52-core Intel Sapphire Rapids appears to be 61% faster than a 64-core AMD EPYC

A Intel Xeon Platinum 8470 (4th Gen Xeon Scalable / Sapphire Rapids) was seen by both CPU-Z v2.01 benchmark and Cinebench R15, R20 and R23 showing the performance of a configuration of 52 cores and 104 processing threads under the architecture Golden Cove to an Intel 7 manufacturing process.

This processor can be compared to a AMD EPYC-7702Pwhich offers a configuration of 64 cores and 128 processing threads, but despite the advantage, it succumbs to the significantly higher performance of each Golden Cove core compared to Zen2, and we are talking about multi-core performance, choosing only the most modern benchmark, the Cinebench R23this processor returned a score of 79150 dotswhich represents a performance difference of at least 61 percent.

In Cinebench R20, it can be compared to AMD EPYC 7742a vitaminized version of the previous model, and which offers 20644 points in said benchmark, so Intel Sapphire Rapids processor is 45% fasterbut unlike Zen2, the TDP difference is much higher: 225 versus 350W.

If we go to the equivalent with Zen3, we have the AMD EPYC 7763 64 cores @ 280W, which scores 61455 points, so the Intel option retains the edge, although this time 29 percentwhich isn’t bad considering it has 12 cores and 24 less processing threads, showing the high IPC of each Golden Cove core.

Intel Sapphire Rapids processors

Although this is a noticeable difference in performance, which could improve in the face of the final launch of this CPU, and with the existence of another 56-core model, at the moment of truth AMD does not not have to worry, and it is that although said processor has been compared to an AMD EPYC processor Rome and Milan, when the pressure comes to an end will have to compete with EPYC Genoa processors (Zen4) which will arrive in almost the same launch window as the Intel option, so the company has made some notable progress, but it looks like, barring any surprises, AMD will continue to dominate the server and data center market, less in terms of performance and efficiency.

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