Intel Xeon Platinum 8380 Ice Lake Linux Performance vs. AMD EPYC Milan, Cascade Lake

Written by Michael Larabel in Processors on 12 May 2021. Page 2 of 7. 14 Comments

First up was running the OSpray open-source portable ray-tracing engine, which is one of the many interesting Intel open-source projects used by different projects with plenty of real-world relevance. With the SciVis path, the Xeon Platinum 8380 2P came out 57% faster than the Xeon Platinum 8280 2P while keeping in mind from the 8280 to 8380 is a 42% increase in the core/thread count. The Xeon Platinum 8380 2P performance here was right in line with the AMD EPYC 7713 2P configuration but behind their flagship EPYC 7763 processors.

When using OSPray's path tracer, the Xeon Platinum 8380 2P had a similar 56% improvement in performance but here with that more intense renderer wasn't enough to put the performance in line with the EPYC 7713.

When it came to the Blender 3D modeling software and LuxCoreRender, the Xeon Platinum 8380 2P delivered significant generational lift over Cascade Lake but came up short of competing with the EPYC 7700 series or in best case scenario close to the EPYC 75F3 2P performance.

The dual Intel Xeon Platinum 8380 meant possible default kernel configuration kernel build times of about 20 seconds.

While comparable build times when compiling the Linux kernel to the AMD Zen 3 server processors, the Platinum 8380 configuration did yield higher power consumption than the other tested processors for this task.

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