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In our series of Best CPU guides, here’s the latest update to our recommended workstation CPUs list. All numbers in the text are updated to reflect pricing at the time of writing (02-Oct). Numbers in graphs reflect MSRP. Best CPUs for Workstations 2017 Sometimes choosing a CPU is hard. So we've got you covered. In our CPU Guides, we give you our pick of some of the best processors available, supplying data from our reviews. Our Best CPUs for Workstations guide mostly covers workstation processors available to consumers, although some server products cover both segments. Workstation CPU Recommendations: 2017 (Prices are 02-Oct or MSRP) Segment Processor Best Overall Choice AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X $999 Maximum Performance Intel Core i9-7980XE Intel Xeon W-2195 AMD EPYC 7551P $1999 $2553 $2100 Maximum PCIe 1P 60 AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X $549 128 AMD EPYC 7351P $750 2P 96 Intel Xeon Bronze 3104 $241 128 AMD EPYC 7251 $475 Maximum...

Hot Chips: IBM's Next Generation z14 CPU Mainframe Live Blog (5pm PT, 12am UTC)

IBM's mainframe business is a large element of their business. The z series is part of that business, and a very complex design, citing interesting and different processor design...

67 by Ian Cutress on 8/22/2017

Intel's Data Center Event Live Blog (8:30am PT)

Today Intel is running an event announcing the latest developments in their data center business. We're ready to live blog the registration-only event, and expect to see Navin Shenoy...

11 by Ian Cutress & Anton Shilov on 7/11/2017

AMD's Future in Servers: New 7000-Series CPUs Launched and EPYC Analysis

The big news out of AMD was the launch of Zen, the new high-performance core that is designed to underpin the product roadmap for the next few generations of...

130 by Ian Cutress on 6/20/2017

AMD EPYC Launch Event Live Blog (Starts 4pm ET)

I'm in Austin for AMD's launch event for their new server parts, named EPYC. Come back at 4pm ET (3pm Austin) for the Live Blog on the official announcement!

21 by Ian Cutress on 6/20/2017

Intel’s Itanium Takes One Last Breath: Itanium 9700 Series CPUs Released

One of Intel’s ventures into the historic mainframe space was Itanium: a 64-bit capable processor designed in conjunction with Hewlett Packard. The main reason for Itanium was to run...

50 by Ian Cutress on 5/11/2017

Intel Unveils the Xeon Scalable Processor Family: Skylake-SP in Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum

One of the more interesting elements of last week’s news was that some of the names of the future Intel Xeon processors, based on the Skylake microarchitecture, were accidentally...

21 by Ian Cutress on 5/4/2017

Skylake-SP Xeon List Published: Moving from E7/E5 Naming to Xeon Gold and Xeon Platinum

Presumably by accident, Intel this week has published a list of its upcoming processors that belong to the soon-to-launch Skylake Xeon families. The names were published by Intel in...

32 by Ian Cutress & Anton Shilov on 4/27/2017

Intel Launches Kaby-Lake based Xeons: The E3-1200 v6 Family

For the several generations previous, it has become customary for the Xeon equivalents of consumer processors to hit the market several months later. We saw the launch of Kaby...

54 by Ian Cutress on 3/28/2017

AppliedMicro's X-Gene 3 SoC Begins Sampling: A Step in ARM's 2017 Server Ambitions

There has been a lot of recent movement in the ARM Server SoC space, with three major players. The third player, AppliedMicro, has been acquired by MACOM. MACOM has...

24 by Johan De Gelas on 3/15/2017

AMD Prepares 32-Core Naples CPUs for 1P and 2P Servers: Coming in Q2

For users keeping track of AMD’s rollout of its new Zen microarchitecture, stage one was the launch of Ryzen, its new desktop-oriented product line last week. Stage three is...

91 by Ian Cutress on 3/7/2017

Intel Launches Atom C3000 SoCs: Up to 16 Cores for NAS, Servers, Vehicles

Intel this week formally launched its Atom C3000-series processors (formerly codenamed Denverton). The new chips are designed for inexpensive storage servers, NAS applications, as well as autonomous vehicles. The...

26 by Anton Shilov on 2/23/2017

Qualcomm Demos 48-Core Centriq 2400 Server SoC in Action, Begins Sampling

Qualcomm this month demonstrated its 48-core Centriq 2400 SoC in action and announced that it had started to sample its first server processor with select customers. The live showcase...

88 by Anton Shilov on 12/16/2016

AMD Announces 7th Gen Bristol Ridge PRO APUs with Extended Support

There are a number of directions for ‘professional grade’ processors in the market, varying from embedded to long-life support to server functionality. AMD’s PRO lines of processors are akin...

26 by Ian Cutress on 10/4/2016

Early AMD Zen Server CPU and Motherboard Details: Codename ‘Naples’, 32-cores, Dual Socket Platforms, Q2 2017

At the AMD Zen microarchitecture announcement event yesterday, the lid was lifted on some of the details of AMD’s server platform. The 32-core CPU, codename Naples, will feature simultaneous...

64 by Ian Cutress on 8/18/2016

Investigating Cavium's ThunderX: The First ARM Server SoC With Ambition

Today we're taking a look at Cavium's ThunderX, a highly integrated ARMv8 server SoC with 48 cores and lots of I/O. With the ThunderX, Cavium is looking to challenge...

82 by Johan De Gelas on 6/15/2016

The Intel Xeon E5 v4 Review: Testing Broadwell-EP With Demanding Server Workloads

Fifteen months after first reaching consumers, Broadwell has finally arrived in the server space with Broadwell-EP. Premiering with the Xeon E5 v4 family, Intel is now offering server processors...

112 by Johan De Gelas on 3/31/2016

The IBM POWER8 Review: Challenging the Intel Xeon

We recently got our hands on a S822L, an dual socket OpenPOWER server. IBM claims that this is an affordable, high performance and highly expandable alternative to the typical...

146 by Johan De Gelas on 11/6/2015

The Intel Xeon E7-8800 v3 Review: The POWER8 Killer?

The story behind the high-end Xeon has been the same for the past 5 years: Intel's most expensive beats the Oracle alternative in every way you can look at...

146 by Johan De Gelas on 5/8/2015

X-Gene 1, Atom C2000 and Xeon E3: Exploring the Scale-Out Server World

Most of our attention with servers has gone to the midrange (Xeon E5, Opteron 6300) and high-end (Xeon E7) platforms. But the low-end and micro server market is where...

47 by Johan De Gelas on 3/9/2015

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