Best CPU for servers?

Started by lewisjon, 12-19-2019

Best CPU for servers?
  12-19-2019, 03:19 PM
Looking to host a couple of servers for games me and my friends play, is there a specific CPU I should be looking for, for high-end performance and if so, which one?

  12-28-2019, 03:37 PM (Updated: 12-28-2019, 03:37 PM by elderr.)
Are you just hosting the images like a network storage solution? Or are you literally going to be running VMs off it and playing games?

If you're just creating a NAS is doesn't really matter.

But either way, depends on how much money you have to spend, but in all cases I would 100% look at AMD chips nowadays. We use intel xeon 9282s at work but these are blades that cost $28000 a pop so most people ain't going to shell that out. While single core workloads Intel still does well in, in a price to core ratio, AMD blooooowwwwwssss Intel out of the water.... Like, absolutely no comparison.

For instance, 9282s have 56 cores and 112 threads at 3.8Ghz fully turbo'd for $28k - AMD EPYC ROME 7742s have 64 cores and 128 threads at 3.4Ghz turbo'd for $7k a pop (admittedly that's just the CPU itself, so you gotta get the stuff around it, but, come on, you don't need to spend $21k on memory, storage, GPUs and motherboard)

So, if you got a bit of money to throw around, 100% look at the AMD EPYC ROME lineup that uses the new Xen 2 architecture.

If not, then look at the new AMD Ryzen Threadrippers, which are basically the consumer versions of the EPYC lineup and have insane boost clock speeds of 4.5Ghz per core, up to 32 cores for the 3970x. In fact, the threadripper is probably better for gaming (most games are built for multi-threaded performance).

How many cores you need? Depends on how many cores you wanna give each VM.

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