The rise of AMD

Since the launch of AMD’s EPYC™ 7000 Series processors in June 2017, AMD’s server market share has quadrupled. Although this is still far from the 22% market share AMD held in 2006, the EPYC™ 7000 Series is already being backed by some of the world’s most renowned cloud computing companies including, Microsoft, DropBox, and Oracle.

A short history

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) started manufacturing microchips in 1969, just one year after Intel. This would be the birth of a rivalry that would span more than half a century.

Although AMD is often seen as the underdog, the company has managed to beat Intel quite a few times when it comes to CPU technology innovation:

  • 2000 – AMD produces the first-ever consumer desktop processor to operate at 1GHz (Athlon 1000).

  • 2003 – Releases processors with built-in memory controllers five years before Intel (Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 X).

  • 2003 – Releases world’s first consumer 64-bit processor (Athlon 64).

  • 2004 – Introduced dual-core processors to the world (Opteron).

  • 2013 – Hits the 5GHz mark, five years before Intel (FX-9590).

  • 2017 – World’s first 16-core consumer processor (Ryzen Threadripper 1950X)

It is the same Zen microarchitecture that is used in the Ryzen Threadripper that allowed AMD to build their game-changing EPYC™ 7000 Series.

What makes AMD’s EPYC™ 7000 Series processors different?

In the world of website hosting, speed, security, and stability is key. From a server standpoint, EPYC™ delivers on all three of these points. EPYC™, claims to offer data centres “33 percent more memory bandwidth, 2.6x the I/O and 160 percent more memory capacity than the competitor”.

Leading the local charge

We are proud to be one of the first local hosting companies to adopt AMD’s EPYC™ processors. Our new high-performance EPYC™ VPS hosting solution also boasts SuperMicro hardware and Samsung Enterprise SSD hard drives to ensure additional stability, reliability and performance.