Benchmarking Google's New "C2D" Compute-Optimized AMD Zen 3 Instances - N2D vs. C2 vs. C2D Performance

Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 11 February 2022. Page 3 of 3. 5 Comments

Even for code compilation tasks such if relying on the cloud as your build farm, the c2d-standard-8 was significantly faster than the C2 and N2D instances... It carried through with delivering the best value too.

The C2D instance also was much faster than the other tested instances when it came to running the NGSPICE open-source circuit simulator software. Electronic Design Automation (EDA) is another area Google focused in on for C2D performance.

The C2D instance also was showing off well for the GROMACS molecular dynamics software package and delivering better performance and value than the Intel C2 instance/

Overall from this quick testing of the c2d-standard-8 compared to the prior-generation (Zen 2) n2d-standard-8 and the Intel Xeon based c2-standard-8, this new compute-optimized instance type was performing very well both against the Intel compute-optimized instance competition and generationally on the AMD side from Zen 2 to Zen 3. Competitive pricing with Google Cloud also allowed the C2D instance to be the leader as well in value (performance per dollar) -- often times significantly better -- than the other tested instances.

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