Blender 2.80 Performance With Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 vs. AMD EPYC 7742
Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 14 August 2019. Page 3 of 3. 15 Comments

The Appleseed 2.0 cross-platform renderer was another case of the EPYC 7742 2P coming well in front of a dual Xeon Platinum 8280.

POV-Ray also scales very nicely on the AMD Rome platform.

Tungsten Renderer is one of the newest tests added to the Phoronix Test Suite just a few days ago. Tungsten makes use of Intel's Embree ray-tracing library but even so the performance dominates with AMD's EPYC 7742 processors. This is like some of the MKL-DNN sub-tests and SVT video encoder software from Intel that does perform very well on AMD's new EPYC processors even though they are tailored for Intel's microarchitecture.

When looking at the geometric mean for all the CPU-based renderer tests run for this article, the AMD EPYC 7742 2P server was delivering about 78% better performance than the dual Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 server and similarly for the previous-gen EPYC 7601 performance. Making the EPYC Rome processors even more compelling for render farms is the EPYC 7742 costs less than the Xeon Platinum 8280 and in general more favorite pricing than Cascade Lake at current retail prices.

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