Intel and AMD face an ARM'ed onslaught from this 96-core CPU monster

Posted On: Mar 29, 2020   |   Posted By: TechRadar

Intel and AMD face an ARM'ed onslaught from this 96-core CPU monster

Hot on the heels of Amazon's Graviton2, Marvell has announced the launch of the ThunderX3, its third generation Arm server processor. Anandtech's Andrei Frumusanu reports that the chip, originally forged by a small startup called Cavium , has capabilities shared by none of its big rivals. The ThunderX3 is one of the very few processors that can do more than two threads per physical core. Its 96-core (a very high count for a general processor) offers up to 384 threads on a single socket, with custom-designed Arm v8.3+ cores and speeds that are likely to ramp up to 3GHz.
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A server can support up to two sockets and a total of 16 DDR4 memory controllers. Comparisons published by Marvell showed that the TX3 can deliver a much higher performance per watt than the competition, which in this...

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