AMD launches EPYC 7003 “Milan” Zen3 server processors

Published: Mar 15th 2021, 15:04 GMT   Comments

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AMD EPYC™ 7003 Series CPUs Set New Standard as Highest Performance Server Processor

ꟷ New AMD EPYC processor extends per socket performance leadership and best per core performance1** with new “Zen 3” cores and modern security featuresꟷ

ꟷPartners including AWS, Cisco, Dell Technologies, Google Cloud, HPE, Lenovo, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Supermicro, Tencent Cloud and others grow EPYC processor ecosystem to an expected 400 cloud instances and 100 new OEM platforms by end of 2021ꟷ

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — At a digital event, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) announced the new AMD EPYC™ 7003 Series CPUs, which includes the AMD EPYC 7763, the world’s highest-performing server processor2*. The new EPYC 7003 series processors help HPC, cloud and enterprise customers do more, faster, by delivering the best performance of any server CPU with up to 19% more instructions per clock3.

“With the launch of our 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors, we are incredibly excited to deliver the fastest server CPU in the world. These processors extend our data center leadership and help customers solve today’s most complex IT challenges, while substantially growing our ecosystem,” said Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, Data Center and Embedded Solutions Business Group. “We not only double the performance over the competition in HPC, cloud and enterprise workloads with our newest server CPUs, but together with the AMD Instinct GPUs, we are breaking the exascale barrier in supercomputing and helping to tackle problems that have previously been beyond humanity’s reach.”

AMD EPYC Processors, Powering the Modern Data Center

Available immediately, AMD EPYC 7003 Series Processors have up to 64 “Zen 3” cores per processor and introduce new levels of per-core cache memory, while continuing to offer the PCIe® 4 connectivity and class-leading memory bandwidth4 that defined the EPYC 7002 series CPUs. 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors also include modern security features through AMD Infinity Guard, supporting a new feature called Secure Encrypted Virtualization-Secure Nested Paging (SEV-SNP). SEV-SNP expands the existing SEV features on EPYC processors, adding strong memory integrity protection capabilities to help prevent malicious hypervisor-based attacks by creating an isolated execution environment. You can read more about new 3rd Gen AMD EPYC features here.

All these features and capabilities combine to help drive faster time to results and improve business outcomes for HPC, cloud and enterprise customers.

  • For HPC customers that demand the most throughput computing capabilities to do more simulations in a given time period, or use bigger data sets or more complex models, AMD EPYC 7003 Series processors enable faster time to discovery with more I/O5 and memory throughput, and powerful “Zen 3” cores that deliver up to twice the performance for HPC workloads compared to the competition6.
  • For cloud providers who need compute density and security capabilities, AMD EPYC 7003 Series processors offer the highest core density7, advanced security features and up to twice the integer performance compared to the competition8.
  • For the enterprise, where performance and time to value are critical to support the new “work from anywhere” environmentAMD EPYC 7003 Series processors help improve efficiency, and deliver value and performance. The new processors increase transactional database processing by up to 19%9, improve Hadoop big data analytic sorts by up to 60% with 61% better price to performance than the competition10, and offer superior performance for flexible Hyperconverged Infrastructure – all of which help CIOs turn data into actionable insights faster.

Partners Using AMD EPYC 7003 Series Processors

The AMD EPYC processor ecosystem is expected to grow significantly by the end of 2021 with more than 400 cloud instances using all generations of EPYC processors and 100 new server platforms using 3rd Gen EPYC processors. AMD EPYC 7003 Series processor-based solutions are available now through numerous OEMs, ODMs, cloud providers and channel partners around the world.

  • AWS – will add the AMD EPYC 7003 series processors to its core Amazon EC2 instance families later this year.
  • Cisco – introduced new Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) rack server models with AMD EPYC 7003 Series Processors designed to support modern hybrid cloud workloads.
  • Dell Technologies – announced the all new PowerEdge XE8545 server with AMD EPYC 7003 series CPUs, and the company will support the new processors within its PowerEdge server portfolio.
  • Google Cloud – announced AMD EPYC 7003 series processors will power a new compute optimized VM, C2D, and an expansion of the existing general purpose N2D VM later this year. Google Cloud Confidential Computing will be available on both C2D and N2D.
  • HPE – announced it will double the lineup of AMD EPYC processor powered solutions, using the AMD EPYC 7003 series processors in new HPE ProLiant servers, HPE Apollo systems and HPE Cray EX supercomputers.
  • Lenovo – added ten Lenovo ThinkSystem Servers and ThinkAgile HCI solutions built on 3rd Gen EPYC processors, and achieved more than 25 new world records across a broad set of industry-standard benchmarks in workload areas.
  • Microsoft Azure  announced multiple new virtual machine offerings powered by AMD EPYC 7003 series processors. Azure HBv3 virtual machines for HPC applications are generally available today, and Confidential Computing virtual machines that utilize the full security features of the new AMD EPYC 7003 series processors are in private preview.
  • Oracle Cloud Infrastructure – announced it is extending its flexible virtual machine and bare metal compute offerings with the new E4 platform based on 3rd Generation AMD EPYC Processors.
  • Supermicro – introduced the AMD EPYC 7003 series processor in its Supermicro A+ single and dual socket family of Ultra, Twin, SuperBlade®, Storage and GPU Optimized Systems.
  • Tencent Cloud – announced the new Tencent Cloud SA3 server instance, powered by the 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors.
  • VMware – announced its latest release of VMware vSphere 7 which is optimized to take advantage of AMD EPYC processors virtualization performance, while supporting the processors’ advanced security features, including SEV-ES for both virtual machine based and containerized applications.

You can visit the 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processor launch page to view more content from these and other partners about how they will utilize the leadership performance and capabilities of the new AMD EPYC 7003 series processors. You can also visit the AMD EPYC partner quote page, to see global partner support of the processors.

AMD EPYC 7003 Series Processor SKU Table

Model #CoresThreadsBase
Max Boost
Freq (u
p to
TDP (w)
Freq (1DPC)
75F332642.954.0028022528025683200x 128$4,860

1 MLN-057K: Based on SPECrate®2017_int_base on 02/20/2021, a server powered by two 8c AMD EPYC 72F3 CPU has a measured estimated score of 176 with a per core score of 11.00 which is a higher per core performance score than any currently posted in any publication. SPEC®, SPECrate® and SPEC CPU® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. See for more information.
2 MLN-016: Results as of 01/28/2021 using SPECrate®2017_int_base. The AMD EPYC 7763 a measured estimated score of 798 is higher than the current highest 2P server with an AMD EPYC 7H12 and a score of 717, OEM published score(s) for 3rd Gen EPYC may vary. SPEC®, SPECrate® and SPEC CPU® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. See for more information.
3 MLN-003: Based on AMD internal testing as of 02/1/2021, average performance improvement at ISO-frequency on an AMD EPYC™ 72F3 (8C/8T, 3.7GHz) compared to an AMD EPYC™ 7F32 (8C/8T, 3.7GHz), per-core, single thread, using a select set of workloads including SPECrate®2017_int_base, SPECrate®2017_fp_base, and representative server workloads. SPEC® and SPECrate® are registered trademarks of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Learn more at
4 MLN-056: Each AMD EPYC 7003 processor has 8 memory channels. Each Intel Xeon Scalable processor has 6 memory channels. 8 – 6 = 2 ÷ 6 = 0.33 AMD EPYC has 33% more memory bandwidth. Class based on industry-standard pin-based (LGA) X86 processors.
5 MLN-055: AMD EPYC 7003 CPUs with PCIe4 lanes have 2X the I/O throughput capacity per lane than any Intel Xeon Scalable CPU which use PCIe3. PCIe4 provides 16GB/s of link bandwidth versus PCIe3 with 8Gb/s,
6MLN-074K: Based on SPECrate®2017_fp_base on 02/20/2021, a server powered by two 64c AMD EPYC 7763 CPUs has a score of 636 a compliant result run on an ThinkSystem SR665; with Memory: 512 GB (16 x 32 GB 2Rx4 PC4-3200AA-R); OS: Red Hat Enterprise Linux release 8.3 (Ootpa); Compiler: C/C++/Fortran: Version 3.0.0 of AOCC. Versus the current highest score Intel Cascade Lake Refresh server with a score of 309 with a 2P Intel Gold 6258R based server, SPEC®, SPECrate® and SPEC CPU® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. See for more information.
7 EPYC-10: AMD EPYC has up to 64c/128t and Intel Scalable has up to 56c/112t, per processor.
8 MLN-073K: Based on SPECrate®2017_int_base on 02/20/2021, a server powered by two 64c AMD EPYC 7763 CPUs has a score of 819 in a compliant result run on an ThinkSystem SR645; with Memory: 2 TB (32 x 64 GB 2Rx4 PC4-3200AA-R), OS: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5 (x86_64) Kernel 4.12.14-120-default; Compiler: C/C++/Fortran: Version 3.0.0 of AOCC. Versus the current highest score Intel Cascade Lake Refresh server with a score of 397 using 2P Intel Gold 6258R, SPEC®, SPECrate® and SPEC CPU® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. See for more information.
9MLN-006: HammerDB 4.0 OLTP comparison based on AMD internal testing on Oracle® 19c RDBMS as of 02/01/2021 on a server using 2x AMD EPYC 75F3 versus a server using 2x AMD EPYC 7542 for ~19% more [~1.2x the] performance. TPROC-C: OLTP workload profile in HammerDB derived, from the TPC-C specification using 2000 Warehouses. Results may vary.
10 MLN-069K: TPC Benchmark Express™ HSph@3TB comparison based on highest system results published as of 03/12/2021. Configurations: 17-node, 1x AMD EPYC 75F3 (34.52 HSph@3TB, $35,615.50/HSph@3TB,, available 3/15/2021, Framework 1 MapReduce) versus 17-node, 2x Intel Xeon Gold 6262V (21.52 HSph@3TB, $91,276.91/HSph@3TB,, available 11/09/2020, Framework 2 Spark) for 60% higher [1.6x the] Hadoop Sort throughput performance at 61% better price/performance.
11 EPYC-18: Max boost for AMD EPYC processors is the maximum frequency achievable by any single core on the processor under normal operating conditions for server systems.

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