AMD Zen-based Naples CPU: 64 threads, 128 PCIe 3.0 lanes

Naples, the Zen-based AMD high-end server CPU will boast 32 CPU cores (64 threads), 128 PCIe 3.0 lanes, and more.

@anthony256
Published Wed, Jan 11 2017 8:28 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:57 AM CST

AMD already has me excited over their Ryzen CPUs for consumers and gamers, but the Zen architecture is also going to do big things in the high-performance server market - starting with Naples.

AMD Zen-based Naples CPU: 64 threads, 128 PCIe 3.0 lanes | TweakTown.com

Naples is AMD's high-end server part based on the Zen architecture that AMD is touting as an 'optimized GPU server platform' thanks to its 128 PCIe 3.0 lanes, allowing for 4-6 'direct attached GPUs'. This means it can take 32 x NVMe devices, and 4 x graphics cards - all on a 1U rack. This same 1U rack will sport 2 x InfiniBand EDR interconnects for super-fast data communication between the storage, and server systems.

As for specs, we're looking at up to 32 Zen CPU cores with 64 threads of performance, 64MB of L3 cache, a base clock of 1.4GHz and a turbo clock of 2.8GHz. A dual-CPU version of Naples would rock a massive 64/128 CPU cores/threads with some ultimate performance, especially when you throw Vega-based graphics cards and NVMe-based storage into the mix.

The high-end Naples platform will also support massive 8-channel memory, so they can take mass datasets for use cases like molecular dynamics, rendering, graphics and data analytics, and more. Better yet, there will be support in the 1U and 2U racks for:

  • 1U (2 x CPU, 4 x GPU)
  • 2U (2 x CPU, 8 x GPU)
  • Sled: 2P (multi-CPU, 1-2 x GPU)
  • Blade: 2P (multi-CPU, 1-3 x GPU)

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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