Naples is AMD’s next generation Zen based top of the line enterprise chip that the company hopes to take on Intel with next year in the highly lucrative server market. It’s by far the largest and most powerful CPU system-on-a-chip that the company has ever developed.
AMD Betting Big On High Performance CPUs With An Even Bigger Chip
AMD announced Naples earlier this year with planned market availability by Q2 2017. This data crunching monster is equipped with a small army of next generation high-performance Zen CPU cores. 32 of them to be exact, each capable of executing two threads simultaneously.
The company has been shipping engineering samples of its upcoming enterprise platform built around Naples over the past several months. We got our first sneak peak at it earlier this year when AMD showcased its dual socket 64 core, 128 thread mini super-computer in action.
A new set of benchmarks & detailed specs for AMD’s upcoming super-chip have just made their way to the Geekbench benchmarking database. This is the second entry that we have found for a Naples engineering sample. The entry, dated September 29, shows that AMD has actually managed to squeeze out even more performance out of the chip. With a multi-core score of 16957, we’re looking at a 13% performance improvement over the same chip managed to score just a few weeks ago.
The benchmark was run on a 64-bit Linux kernel, which is commonplace for servers. The nomenclature attached to the engineering sample gives indication that the chip features a base clock speed of 1.4Ghz and a boost clock speed of 2.9Ghz. One particularly interesting part of the spec is the cache. Naples features an astronomically large L3 cache, half a gigabyte large in fact. Which is unprecedented in the industry.