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The 10 Biggest AMD News Stories Of 2021 (So Far)

Dylan Martin

From new CPU launches to big wins in cloud and high-performance computing, AMD has already had a really big year that continues to put Intel under pressure. CRN reviews the 10 biggest AMD news stories that have happened in 2021 so far.

8. Google Cloud Picks AMD EPYC Over Intel Xeon For New VMs

Google Cloud picked AMD’s latest EPYC processors over Intel’s Xeon Scalable CPUs for a new class of virtual machines it says provide better performance and price-performance than VMs powered by Intel and Arm from other top cloud service providers by roughly 50 percent.

The cloud service provider announced on June 17 that its new Tau VM product family will take advantage of AMD’s recently launched third-generation EPYC CPUs, serving as a new extension of the Google Compute Engine’s VM offerings.

Google Cloud said the new EPYC-powered instance provides 56 percent higher “absolute performance” and 42 percent higher price-performance when compared to general-purpose VMs from two unnamed leading cloud vendors, one with an Arm-based CPUs and the other with Intel’s second-generation Xeon Scalable CPUs, which is one generation behind Intel’s new Ice Lake CPUs.

 
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