It is a historic achievement, AMD has managed to overcome with EPYC processors the maximum market share that Opteron processors reached at the time, one of the best generations that the Sunnyvale company launched in the professional market, and which also saw some adoption in the general consumer market by some enthusiastic users.
AMD Opteron series It was the richest, most varied and long-lived line that the Sunnyvale company has ever maintained in the professional sector. To give you an idea of why I say this, just remember that this family debuted with the AMD K8 architecture, the same one we saw in the Athlon 64, and they were the first of their kind to use AMD64 (64-bit) instructions. In subsequent years, the Opteron family consisted of chips based on the AMD K10 architecture, as well as the Bulldozer, Piledriver, and Jaguar.
It was precisely the decline of bulldozer architecture the one that led AMD to shelve the Opteron series. With the launch of the Zen architecture came the AMD EPYC, spiritual successors to the Opteron, and configured with up to 32 cores and 64 threads. EPYC Naples was a success, laying the foundation for a modular architecture that matured at EPYC Rome, based on Zen 2 and equipped with up to 64 cores and 128 threads, and reached its peak with EPYC Milan, using the Zen 3 architecture. and capable of offering a significant improvement in single-wire performance.
AMD’s EPYC processors have been a success. AMD’s commitment to a modular design ended up working on all fronts, because it not only allowed him to make chips with a greater number of cores and threads, but also made it possible to simplify their design, make them cheaper to transfer to the wafer, and greatly improve efficiency.
To better understand that success we just have to take a look at the numbers. AMD had set itself the goal of achieving a 10% market share in the professional sector in 2020, and they also wanted to exceed the maximum of 26% that they achieved precisely with their Opteron family. Well, five years after the debut of the EPYC processors, the company has reason to be happy, since has reached a total share of more than 25% in the professional sectorand seeing the situation in which the market finds itself today, it is more than clear that this percentage will continue to improve.
It is clear that the evolution of AMD EPYC processors will depend on what Intel does, but also on what AMD itself does. In this regard, it must be recognized that the Sunnyvale company It has a very interesting roadmap, and that the EPYC Genoa, Bergamo and Genoa-X series are not going to make things easy for Intel.