Ampere’s flagship 128-core Altra Max M128-30 may not be the world’s highest-performing processor, yet it packs an unprecedented number of general-purpose 64-bit cores, has a reasonable power consumption and is priced at a fraction of what AMD and Intel charge for their flagship EPYC and Xeon Scalable offerings.
Ampere charges $5,800 for its top-of-the-range Altra Max M128-30 processor that features 128 Arm Neoverse N1 cores operating at up to 3.0 GHz, 128 PCIe Gen4 lances, and eight memory channels, according to Phoronix. By contrast, AMD’s top-of-the-line EPYC 7763 CPU with 64 cores that can work at 2.45 GHz – 3.50 GHz is priced at $7,890 whereas Intel’s Xeon Platinum 8380 processor with 40 cores functioning at 2.30 GHz – 3.40 GHz costs $8,099.
In fact, even the cheapest 32-core Ampere Altra Q32-17 with 32 cores at 1.70 GHz and 128 PCIe Gen4 lanes is priced at $800, which is below AMD’s 16-core EPYC 7302 that costs $978. Meanwhile, Intel has Xeon Silver ‘Ice Lake-SP’ processors that cost around $500, but these chips only feature eight cores.