Today, Ampere announced plans to expand its Altra family of server processors with the Altra Max chip, which arriving by the end of the year with a whopping 128 CPU cores.
Similar to the Amazon Graviton2, the Ampere Altra is based on Arm's Neoverse N1 (codename Ares) microarchitecture. TSMC carves the Altra for Ampere with its 7nm FinFET manufacturing process. The Altra family currently features 11 different models, however, the list and specifications are subject to change.
As for the Altra line's other attributes, the 7nm processors each support up to eight channels of DDR4-3200 ECC memory and a maximum capacity up to 4TB . For expansion, the Altra provides 128 lanes of high-speed PCIe 4.0 lanes per socket, but also support up to 192 PCIe 4.0 lanes in a 2P setup.
Ampere Altra Specifications
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The Q80-33 is the current flagship of the Altra family. The processor delivers 80 cores up to 3.3 GHz within a 250W package.
The Q80-33 will eventually pass the torch to the Altra Max, which will flaunt up to 128 cores. Ampere has confirmed that the Altra Max (codename Mystique) will be socket-compatible with current Altra offerings. We suspect that the the Altra Max will have an M prefix in its model names.
Ampere will sample the Altra Max in the fourth quarter of this year, and the processor should be available next year.
The company is also firm on its commitment to roll out the 2nd Generation Altra processors (codename Siryn) in 2022. If the nomenclature remains the same, the Siryn should sport the S prefix. The next-generation processors will leverage TSMC's 5nm process node.
Ampere expects to sample Siryn in the latter part of 2021 with a scheduled launch in 2022.
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Huh? I thought that picture was of the upcoming Nvidia 5nm GPU.Admin said:Ampere has revealed new details its Altra family of server processors.
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Yeah not sure why that pic was used in that article - She saw Ampere and thought it was Nvidia. The pic is correct for this articlespongiemaster said:Huh? I thought that picture was of the upcoming Nvidia 5nm GPU.
If arm based cpus are that powerful, does it mean x86 is doomed?Reply
with cloacks at 2 ghz, they should be able to reach 4ghz eventually right? Then the performance will be even better.Reply
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Would be interesting to see some benchmarks between it and a 64C/128T EPYC CPU...Reply
No. 90% of the software ever written run on Intel. So x86/64 isn't going any where.gg83 said:If arm based cpus are that powerful, does it mean x86 is doomed?
Anandtech have compared the latest Amazon Graviton cpu based on the same ARM architecture as Ampere, against EPYC and Xeon - gives some insight to the future battles of ARM vs X86 : https://www.anandtech.com/show/15578/cloud-clash-amazon-graviton2-arm-against-intel-and-amdAlvar Miles Udell said:Would be interesting to see some benchmarks between it and a 64C/128T EPYC CPU...
Ampere has one of the simplest CPU nomenclatures known to mankind. The Q, which stands for Quicksilver, is followed by the chip's number of cores and then the clock speed.Yes. Thank you!
Exactly. Which is why someone like Amazon would never...Deicidium369 said:No. 90% of the software ever written run on Intel. So x86/64 isn't going any where.
...what? ...they did? ...they actually designed their own ARM CPU? Oh.
* sells Intel shares *