AMD EPYC 7742 vs Intel Xeon E5-2696 v3

Compare AMD EPYC 7002 Series 64 core CPU vs Intel 18 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

69 %
75 %
8% slightly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

34 %
59 %
73% significantly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

83 %
2% slightly better multitasking score
81 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

91 %
4% slightly better heavy workload score
87 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

18,318
64% significantly higher Geekbench (multi) score
11,134

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

829
895
7% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

64
255% significantly more cores
18

Threads

Number of logical processing units

128
255% significantly more threads
36

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

225 W
145 W
55% significantly lower TDP

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

166th of 1,326
140th of 1,326

Family

The product line

EPYC 7002 Series
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Release date

The official date of release of this chip

August 2019
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Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR4
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Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked

Yes
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EPYC 7742 vs Xeon E5-2696 v3 comparison

In our benchmarks, the Xeon E5-2696 v3 beats the EPYC 7742 in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the EPYC 7742 in all gaming tests too.

When comparing core counts for these CPUs, we notice that EPYC 7742 has significantly more cores with 64 compared to the Xeon E5-2696 v3 that has 18. It also has more threads than the Xeon E5-2696 v3.

The Xeon E5-2696 v3 outputs less heat than EPYC 7742 thanks to a significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

In conclusion, all specs and CPU benchmarks considered, will recommend the Xeon E5-2696 v3 over the EPYC 7742.

CPU comparison

Use the table to the left to compare both the EPYC 7742 and the Xeon E5-2696 v3, the advantages and disadvantages of each are shown.

CPU rating

Our CPU rating is split into 4 categories: Overall, Gaming, Multitasking and Heavy Workloads. The overall score accesses performance using all CPU cores, gaming prioritises the first six cores, multitasking takes the first eight cores into account and finally heavy workloads are measured using a sixteen-core baseline.

Processor specifications

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the EPYC 7742 has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

Clock speed and Turbo speed are important when comparing per core performance, generally the higher, the better. A higher clock speed may cause a higher TDP, however.

TDP (Thermal Design Power) is a measurement of how much energy is lost as heat when a processor is running. This has an impact on system temperatures. If temperatures get too high (typically around 100 °C or 200 °F), the CPU will lower its performance in order to prevent damage to the chip. Adequate cooling is essential for good performance.

Cache is very fast memory built into the processor. It stores what the CPU is currently working on and anything that doesn't fit is sent to the main system memory, which is slower but more plentiful. It is split into three levels, with Level 1 being the fastest and Level 3 being the slowest. More CPU cache is desirable for high-performance scenarios.

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