Epyc 7302P vs Xeon W-3223 Workstation Build

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  1. TXAG26

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    Epyc 7302P vs Xeon W-3223 Workstation Build
    I'm looking to build a new Windows 10 workstation for Photoshop and related tasks. After a couple of years, this workstation will eventually transition over to replace the internals in my FreeNAS server, so IPMI and ECC ram are important.

    I'm looking at these two options: an Epyc 7002 or Xeon W-3200 - both are within about $150 total build cost of each other in price, which is a wash.

    (a) Epyc 7302P (16C/32T; 3.0/3.3GHz boost; 128MB L3; 8 Channel DDR4; 155w) + Supermicro H11SSL-NC + 128GB DDR4 3200 RDIMM ECC (4x 32GB RDIMMs)

    (b) Xeon W-3223 (8C/16T; 3.5/4.0GHz boost; 16.5MB L3; 6 Channel DDR4; 160w) + Supermicro X11SPH-NCTF + 128GB DDR4 2666 RDIMM ECC (4x 32GB RDIMMs)

    Irritants:
    AMD. Lower base speed and lower boost speed, which may make single-thread and non-optimized multi-thread applications run slower overall. However, the massive 128MB L3 cache and faster DDR4 may offset some of the clock speed concerns. No frequency-optimized CPU parts (yet).

    Intel. The $750 W-3223 is artificially neutered with 2666 DDR4. One has to jump up to the 12C/24T (3.3/4.4GHz boost) W-3235 @ $1,400 to get 2933 DDR4. Less PCI-E expandability - after adding a double slot GPU, the Supermicro Xeon board would only have 2 remaining PCI-E 3.0 x8 slots remaining.
     
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    Rand__ Well-Known Member

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    Way ahead of you (by 2 days) - go for AMD since

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    Note - They might work or not, they don't have feedback yet and couldn't tell me whether the necessary microcode is included in the bios or not.
     
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    Thank you for that! I’m amazed the W-3200 series is not supported on those boards. I’ve previously had great success using “server” boards for workstations. Add in a video card, USB sound dongle and a USB hub (if needed) and that resolves all of the “it’s a server-only motherboard” concerns.
     
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    I have some thoughts. I can probably talk about them later this week.
     
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    @Patrick - your teasers keep us coming back! Looking forward to anything you can share!
     
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