When AMD debuted the 7nm Ryzen 3000 series desktop CPUs, they swept the field. For the first time in decades, AMD was able to meet or beat its rival, Intel, across the product line in all major CPU criteria—single-threaded performance, multi-threaded performance, power/heat efficiency, and price. Once third-party results confirmed AMD's outstanding benchmarks and retail delivery was a success, the big remaining question was: could the company extend its 7nm success story to mobile and server CPUs?

Yesterday, AMD formally launched its new line of Epyc 7002 "Rome" series CPUs—and it seems to have answered the server half of that question pretty thoroughly. Having learned from the widespread FUD cast at its own internally generated benchmarks at the Ryzen 3000 launch, this time AMD made certain to seed some review sites with evaluation hardware well before the launch.

The short version of the story is, Epyc "Rome" is to the server what Ryzen 3000 was to the desktop—bringing significantly improved IPC, more cores, and better thermal efficiency than either its current-generation Intel equivalents or its first-generation Epyc predecessors.

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