AMD EPYC 7702 vs Intel Xeon Gold 6242R

General info

Comparing EPYC 7702 and Xeon Gold 6242R processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.65
 
2.24
Market segment
Server
 
Server
Series
AMD EPYC
 
Intel Xeon Gold
Architecture codename
Zen 2
 
Cascade Lake
Launch date
7 August 2019 (1 year ago)
 
24 February 2020 (1 year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$6,450
 
$2,529
Price now
$7043 (1.1x MSRP)
 
$2609 (1x MSRP)

Technical specs

EPYC 7702 and Xeon Gold 6242R 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 cores
64 (Tetrahexaconta-Core)
 
20 (Icosa-Core)
Threads
128
 
40
Base clock speed
2 GHz
 
3.1 GHz
Boost clock speed
3.35 GHz
 
4.1 GHz
Bus support
no data
 
4 × 8 GT/s
L1 cache
96K (per core)
 
1.25 MB
L2 cache
512K (per core)
 
20 MB
L3 cache
256 MB (shared)
 
35.75 MB
Chip lithography
7 nm, 14 nm
 
14 nm
Die size
192 mm2
 
no data
Maximum core temperature
no data
 
76 °C
Number of transistors
4,800 million
 
no data
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked multiplier
+
 
-

Compatibility

Information on EPYC 7702 and Xeon Gold 6242R 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 configuration
2 (Multiprocessor)
 
no data
Socket
TR4
 
FCLGA3647
Thermal design power (TDP)
200 Watt
 
205 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by EPYC 7702 and Xeon Gold 6242R. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensions
no data
 
Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX, Intel® AVX2, Intel® AVX-512
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
no data
 
+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
no data
 
+
Speed Shift
no data
 
+
Turbo Boost Technology
no data
 
2.0
Hyper-Threading Technology
no data
 
+
TSX
-
 
+
Turbo Boost Max 3.0
no data
 
-

Security technologies

EPYC 7702 and Xeon Gold 6242R technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT
no data
 
+
EDB
no data
 
+

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by EPYC 7702 and Xeon Gold 6242R are enumerated here.

AMD-V
+
 
-
VT-d
no data
 
+
VT-x
no data
 
+
EPT
no data
 
+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by EPYC 7702 and Xeon Gold 6242R. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory types
DDR4 Eight-channel
 
DDR4-2933
Maximum memory size
4 TiB
 
1 TB
Max memory channels
8
 
6
Maximum memory bandwidth
204.763 GB/s
 
140.8 GB/s
ECC memory support
+
 
+

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by EPYC 7702 and Xeon Gold 6242R.

PCIe version
no data
 
3.0
PCI Express lanes
no data
 
48

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 7702 81.68 +99.4%
Xeon Gold 6242R 40.97

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.

EPYC 7702 71686 +99.4%
Xeon Gold 6242R 35955

Gaming performance

Let's see how good EPYC 7702 and Xeon Gold 6242R are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately. Also, your gaming PC must have a decent enough GPU to perform well.

EPYC 7702 satisfies the 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%

Xeon Gold 6242R satisfies the 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%

Advantages of AMD EPYC 7702

99.4% faster (about 2 times) in synthetic tests

Higher boost clock speed (3350 vs 3100 MHz)

Finer manufacturing process technology (7 vs 14 nm)

Lower power consumption (200W vs 205W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)

Unlocked

Advantages of Intel Xeon Gold 6242R

Somewhat newer (24 February 2020 vs 7 August 2019)

Cheaper ($2609 vs $7043)

TXT (Trusted Execution Technology - protects the system against viruses and rootkits residing in BIOS or in a boot sector)

vPro (a marketing umbrella term for several Intel technologies: AMT, TXT, EDB, VT, Anti-Theft and some others)

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So, which one is the better CPU?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD EPYC 7702.

Should you still have questions on choice between EPYC 7702 and Xeon Gold 6242R, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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