Team Sets World Records with Two 92-Core AMD EPYC Genoa Processors Using a Pickup Truck and High-Capacity Batteries in Winter Temperatures

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A team has managed to set new world records by taking AMD’s 4th generation server processors for a quick trip outside during a sunny winter day in Cincinnati. Many PC users are acutely aware of how their rigs can double as space heaters during winter and some will even take advantage of the seasonal cold temperatures by opening a window to cool them so the folks over at StorageReviews decided to take things a step further with two air-cooled AMD EPYC Genoa 9654 processors.

AMD EPYC Genoa 9654 Specs

  • Cores – 96
  • Clock Speeds – 2.4 GHz (Base) / 3.7 GHz (Boost)
  • Default TDP – 360W
  • Memory Support – 12 Channel of DDR5-4800, up to 6 TB per socket
  • PCIe Lanes – 128 PCIe Gen5

The team loaded up AMD’s premier enterprise processors in a Toyota Tacoma which were then powered by a pair of EcoFlow Delta Pro portable power stations. The outside temperature at the time of testing was a moderate -3ºc (26ºf). The high-capacity batteries are linkable, allowing for 240V output, and were linked to an Eaton G3 metered PDU. Testing was done using y-cruncher, a scalable multithreaded “program that can compute Pi and other constants to trillions of digits.”

So, with everything in place and set up, up, and some fine-tuning on the processors, the team managed to set new world records for the 10 billion and 1 billion Pi calculations. The system pulled between 400-1100 Watts during testing but the 7200W capacity of the combined batteries was more than enough and was still at 89% after a couple of hours of use. The team has no doubt that their record will be beaten but it was an interesting way to spend a day.

“This particular benchmark has an avid following and there’s little doubt our score will be toppled eventually. We will, however, continue to look for additional advantages on this platform and future CPU/DRAM configurations from AMD and Intel. With servers and storage perpetually hitting our lab, we should have plenty of opportunity to post more chart-topping results.”

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Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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