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AMD EPYC Genoa breaks record and becomes the fastest CPU on PassMark Performance Charts

AMD EPYC Genoa CPUs have been added to the PassMark performance database, with the top EPYC 9654 chip taking the top spot by 30% over the previous record holder. AMD introduced its EPYC 9004 “Genoa” CPU lineup in November 2022, with up to 96 cores based on the 5nm Zen 4 core architecture and new features integrated.

The EPYC 9654, a 96-core and 192-thread juggernaut with a boost clock of up to 3.7 GHz, 384 MB of L3 cache, and a TDP of up to 400W, led the pack. This chip is suitable for 1P and 2P servers and includes all of the latest I/O support, such as 8-channel DDR5-4800 memory and 128 PCIe Gen 5.0 lanes.

This chip has been giving Intel’s flagship, the Sapphire Rapids Xeon 8490H, a run for its money, but it now has a new benchmark where it has established dominance, PassMark. Both AMD and Intel have taken top positions in this benchmark gen after gen, but Intel has mostly in single-threaded benchmarks while AMD has asserted complete dominance in multi-threaded benchmarks with its Threadripper and EPYC chips.

credit: PassMark

The AMD EPYC 9654 “Genoa” CPU has now become the fastest chip in this benchmark, securing 124,119 points a few months after launch.


This is the first CPU to break the 100K barrier, outperforming the previous record holder, the Threadripper PRO 5995WX, by 30%. Although the EPYC CPU has 50% more cores, it also has lower clock speeds than the Threadripper. As a result, a 30% increase is very commendable.

When comparing the EPYC Genoa CPU to the older EPYC Milan parts, the difference grows to 35-45%. This type of multi-threaded performance is only the beginning. AMD also plans to unveil its 4th Generation Threadripper CPUs this year, which could have up to 96 cores.

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Nivedita Bangari
Nivedita Bangari
I am a software engineer by profession and technology is my love, learning and playing with new technologies is my passion.


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