AMD EPYC 7281: specs and benchmarks

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Year of release 2017
Performance 24.19
Processor Technical data and tests


AMD started AMD EPYC 7281 sales 29 June 2017 at a recommended price of $650. This is Naples architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 16 cores and 32 threads, and is based on 14 nm manufacturing technology, with a max turbo frequency of 2100 MHz - 2700 MHz (1 core)2700 MHz (2 cores)2700 MHz (3 cores)2700 MHz (4 cores)2700 MHz (5 cores)2700 MHz (6 cores)2700 MHz (7 cores)2700 MHz (8 cores)2700 MHz (9 cores)2700 MHz (10 cores)2700 MHz (11 cores)2700 MHz (12 cores)2700 MHz (13 cores)2700 MHz (14 cores)2700 MHz (15 cores)2700 MHz (16 cores) and an unlocked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is AMD Socket TR4 processor with a TDP of 170 Watt and a maximum temperature of °C. It supports DDR4 Eight-channel memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at


percent of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7763.

General info

Of EPYC 7281 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance rating184
Value for money (0-100)1.09
Market segmentServer
Architecture codenameNaples
Release date29 June 2017 (4 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$650of 305 (Core i7-870)
Price now$1299 (2x MSRP)of 16595 (Xeon E7-4850)
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Technical specs

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores16 (Hexadeca-Core)
Base clock speed2.1 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed2.1 GHzof 5.3 (Core i9-10900KF)
L1 cache96K (per core)of 896 (Atom C3950)
L2 cache512K (per core)of 12288 (Core 2 Quad Q9550)
L3 cache32 MB (shared)
Chip lithography14 nmof 5 (Apple M1)
Die size192 mm2
Number of transistors4,800 millionof 16000 (Apple M1)
64 bit support+
Unlocked multiplier+


Information on EPYC 7281 compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration2 (Multiprocessor)of 8 (Opteron 842)
Thermal design power (TDP)170 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by EPYC 7281. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.


Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.


Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by EPYC 7281's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR4 Eight-channelof 4266 (Ryzen 9 4900H)
Maximum memory size2 TiBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels8of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth170.671 GB/sof 281.6 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
ECC memory support+


Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version3.0
PCI Express lanes128

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of EPYC 7281. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

EPYC 7281 24.19
  • Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

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Game benchmarks

Let's see how good EPYC 7281 is for a gaming PC, compared with system requirements of some popular titles. Remember that sometimes official hardware requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall EPYC 7281 performance compared to nearest competitors among server CPUs.

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