Intel Xeon Gold 5220 vs AMD EPYC 7H12

Price now 2116$
Games supported 100%
Intel Xeon Gold 5220
Intel Xeon Gold 5220
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Price now 4288$
Games supported 100%

General info

Comparing Xeon Gold 5220 and EPYC 7H12 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in performance rating2141
Value for money4.5311.10
Market segmentServerServer
SeriesIntel Xeon GoldAMD EPYC
Architecture codenameCascade Lake (2019−2020)Zen 2 (2019−2020)
Release date2 April 2019 (3 years ago)18 September 2019 (3 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$1,555no data
Current price$2116 (1.4x MSRP)$4288
Value for money

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Technical specs

Xeon Gold 5220 and EPYC 7H12 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 cores18 (Octadeca-Core)64 (Tetrahexaconta-Core)
Base clock speed2.2 GHz2.6 GHz
Boost clock speed3.9 GHz3.3 GHz
Bus support4 × 8 GT/sno data
L1 cache1.125 MB4 MB
L2 cache18 MB32 MB
L3 cache24.75 MB256 MB (shared)
Chip lithography14 nm7 nm, 14 nm
Die sizeno data192 mm2
Maximum core temperature87 °Cno data
Number of transistorsno data4,800 million
64 bit support++
Windows 11 compatibility++
Unlocked multiplier-+


Information on Xeon Gold 5220 and EPYC 7H12 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 configuration4 (Multiprocessor)2 (Multiprocessor)
Thermal design power (TDP)125 Watt280 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Xeon Gold 5220 and EPYC 7H12. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX, Intel® AVX2, Intel® AVX-512no data
vPro+no data
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+no data
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+no data
Speed Shift+no data
Turbo Boost Technology2.0no data
Hyper-Threading Technology+no data
TSX+no data
TSX+no data
Turbo Boost Max 3.0-no data

Security technologies

Xeon Gold 5220 and EPYC 7H12 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 Xeon Gold 5220 and EPYC 7H12 are enumerated here.

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

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Xeon Gold 5220 and EPYC 7H12. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR4-2667DDR4 Eight-channel
Maximum memory size1 TB4 TiB
Max memory channels68
Maximum memory bandwidth128.001 GB/s204.763 GB/s
ECC memory support++


Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Xeon Gold 5220 and EPYC 7H12.

PCIe version3.0no data
PCI Express lanes48no data

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.

Xeon Gold 5220 24.54
EPYC 7H12 100.00
  • 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%

Xeon Gold 5220 24736
EPYC 7H12 100817

Gaming performance

Advantages and disadvantages

Performance rating 24.54 100.00
Recency 2 April 2019 18 September 2019
Boost clock speed 2200 3300
Base clock speed 0 2600
Chip lithography 14 nm 7 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 125 Watt 280 Watt

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends


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