AMD EPYC 7281 vs Intel Xeon Silver 4216

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AMD EPYC 7281
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Intel Xeon Silver 4216
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Games supported 100%

General info

Comparing EPYC 7281 and Xeon Silver 4216 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in performance rating281330
Value for money5.573.66
Market segmentServerServer
SeriesAMD EPYCIntel Xeon Silver
Architecture codenameNaples (2017−2018)Cascade Lake (2019−2020)
Release date20 June 2017 (5 years ago)2 April 2019 (3 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$650$1,002
Current price$1299 (2x MSRP)$1946 (1.9x MSRP)
Value for money

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Technical specs

EPYC 7281 and Xeon Silver 4216 basic parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of CPU speed, though for more precise assessment you have to consider their test results.

Physical cores16 (Hexadeca-Core)16 (Hexadeca-Core)
Threads3232
Base clock speed2.1 GHz2.1 GHz
Boost clock speed2.7 GHz3.2 GHz
L1 cache96K (per core)1 MB
L2 cache512K (per core)16 MB
L3 cache32 MB (shared)22 MB
Chip lithography14 nm14 nm
Die size192 mm2no data
Maximum core temperatureno data79 °C
Number of transistors4,800 millionno data
64 bit support++
Windows 11 compatibility-+
Unlocked multiplier+-

Compatibility

Information on EPYC 7281 and Xeon Silver 4216 compatibility with other computer components: 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)2 (Multiprocessor)
SocketTR4FCLGA3647
Thermal design power (TDP)170 Watt100 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by EPYC 7281 and Xeon Silver 4216. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsno dataIntel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX, Intel® AVX2, Intel® AVX-512
AES-NI++
AVX++
vProno data+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)no data+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)no data+
Speed Shiftno data+
Turbo Boost Technologyno data2.0
Hyper-Threading Technologyno data+
TSXno data+
TSXno data+
Turbo Boost Max 3.0no data-

Security technologies

EPYC 7281 and Xeon Silver 4216 technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXTno data+
EDBno data+

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by EPYC 7281 and Xeon Silver 4216 are enumerated here.

AMD-V+no data
VT-dno data+
VT-xno data+
EPTno data+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by EPYC 7281 and Xeon Silver 4216. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR4 Eight-channelDDR4-2400
Maximum memory size2 TiB1 TB
Max memory channels86
Maximum memory bandwidth170.671 GB/s115.212 GB/s
ECC memory support++

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by EPYC 7281 and Xeon Silver 4216.

PCIe version3.03.0
PCI Express lanes12848

Benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of the processors in comparison. Overall score 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 21.80
+9.5%
Xeon Silver 4216 19.90
  • 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.

Benchmark coverage: 69%

EPYC 7281 21981
+9.6%
Xeon Silver 4216 20062

Gaming performance

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 21.80 19.90
Recency 20 June 2017 2 April 2019
Cost $650 $1002
Boost clock speed 2700 2100
Base clock speed 2100 0
Thermal design power (TDP) 170 Watt 100 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

AMD EPYC 7281
AMD EPYC 7281

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Intel Xeon Silver 4216
Intel Xeon Silver 4216

The differences in performance seem too small.


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