Ampere Altra Max M128-30 Linux Performance Preview

Written by Michael Larabel in Processors on 28 September 2021. Page 3 of 4. 27 Comments

With the highly scalable John The Ripper benchmark, we indeed see the Ampere Altra Max immediately proving its competitiveness against today's Intel/AMD servers. The Ampere Altra Q80-33 2P was performing inline with the Intel Xeon Platinum 8380 2P server where as now with the Ampere Altra Max M128-30 2P it's right behind AMD's EPYC 7763 2P server. The AMD EPYC 7763 as a reminder is 64 cores / 128 threads per processor and with a 2.45GHz base clock and 3.5GHz maximum boost clock going up against the M128-30's 128 N1 cores at 3.0GHz.

With M-Queens, the M128-30 2P successfully came out ahead of the EPYC 7763 2P configuration.

Meanwhile for the aircrack-ng WiFi security suite, the Ampere Altra Max M128-30 2P did come out 33% faster than the flagship Intel Xeon Platinum 8380 dual socket server but behind the AMD EPYC 7763 Milan server.

When really stressing the hardware with Stress-NG across all available CPU cores/threads, the Ampere Altra Max M128-30 was delivering great performance with even the 1P configuration effectively matching the AMD EPYC 7763 2P server.

In such case the Ampere Altra and Ampere Altra Max processors were also reporting much lower CPU power consumption than the Intel and AMD processors.

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