Nvidia Grace Better Than Intel AMD Counterparts, Nvidia Claims

Nvidia Grace vs AMD Genoa vs Intel Sapphire Rapids: Performance Comparison

Computer processors have come a long way. In today’s world, we can even power data servers using them. The processors used in this scenario are extremely heavy grade, providing much more performance than the generic ones we see in desktop computers or laptops.

The industry of heavy-grade CPUs has very few competitors. One is Nvidia, which is more famous for manufacturing GPUs or graphics cards. In this article, we will detail one of their recent heavy-grade CPUs.

Nvidia Grace vs Its Competition

Nvidia recently announced their Grace CPU Superchip. It is based on the Arm Neoverse V2 architecture, with two chips having 72 cores each. That brings the total number of cores to 144. The two chips are connected via what Nvidia calls the NVLink-C2C interface, which has a bidirectional bandwidth of up to 900 GB/s.

It can also draw a maximum of 500 Watts of power (TDP). To top that off, it even has LPDDR5X with a memory bandwidth of up to 1 TB/s. So far, this seems to one-up the competition, such as the Intel Sapphire Rapids and the AMD Genoa, in many regards, at least on paper.

If we go by Nvidia’s claims, this also translates to actual life performance. Nvidia released benchmark results comparing the Nvidia Grace CPU Superchip with the Intel Sapphire Rapids Xeon Platinum 8480+ and the AMD Genoa EPYC 9654. For some context, the Intel one has 56 cores based on Golden Cove architecture. On the other hand, the AMD one has 96 cores based on Zen 4 cores.

Nvidia Grace vs Its Competition

The shared benchmark results show that Nvidia conducted the test under five different workloads. Another thing to mention is that they used dual chips for the competition since the Grace CPU Superchips also consist of two chips. So, the number of cores doubles for Intel and AMD, bringing the total to 112 and 192, respectively.

In the test, Nvidia’s Grace is seemingly better than Intel’s Sapphire Rapids in every scenario by about 40%. The AMD counterpart seems to be almost similarly powered, except in the Graph Analytics GapBS BFS benchmark, where Nvidia retakes the lead by around 40%.

However, Nvidia’s Grace CPU Superchip is the clear winner regarding power efficiency. Another set of benchmark results published by Nvidia attest to that. They conducted this test under a 5MW data center throughput, with the same workloads as the previous test.

We can see up to 2.5 times the power efficiency in the Grace CPU Superchip compared to AMD’s Genoa. Intel’s Sapphire Rapids once again falls behind the other two.

Nvidia Grace CPU Superchip Availability

It was supposed to launch in the first half of 2023, but Grace’s production was delayed for some reason. However, in an interview, Jensen Huang, the CEO of Nvidia, has recently confirmed that it has entered the production phase. Therefore, we expect to see it soon, in the latter half of this year.

About Zaid

Zaid is a tech writer at DealNTech, passionate about exploring and researching new gadgets and helping readers easily understand their features. He specializes in testing PC issues and staying up-to-date on the latest PC news. Email: [email protected].

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