A key benefit here is that by using the AMD EPYC 7002 series, Supermicro can fit up to 512 cores and 1024 threads in a 2U chassis. Using high-end 28 cores, Intel Xeon 8276L CPUs at $16.6K each, we were able to only fit 224 cores and 448 threads into the Xeon based Supermicro BigTwin SYS-2029BZ-HNR we reviewed.
It's nice to see AMD go ham, even though I just finished an expensive HEDT system last year on Intel. Would be tempted to swap over to AMD but as was said, I can only wonder if Intel is in panic mode. Oh well, AMD's gain for at least a few years.
"When comparing the unmitigated performance for these server processors, AMD still led by 20% over Intel. Need we remind you that the 20% performance advantage is also while the EPYC 7742 cost much less than the Xeon Platinum 8820"
Hopefully now that these launched we will get Threadripper 3 soon. I really want a 16 core CPU with 64+ PCIE lanes.
You'll be getting one with 60 PCI-e lanes and a SB that expands into a few more. It's being nitpicky, but the distinction is there, and 12 of those 60 lanes will likely be NVMe-specific as well. It is literally 3x the expandability of X370/470/570.
Agreed though, I would like to replace my 1950X with whatever the TR3 16-core is. I hope the rumors of a early Q4 launch are true, but I feel the late-2020Q1 time frame is more realistic.