The Research

At Qonzer, we understand that simply selecting a particular type of processor for our servers and making claims about performance isn't enough. We recognize the importance of backing up our assertions with concrete data. That's why we take testing seriously—really seriously. We don't just promise higher performance because of a specific processor; we guarantee it through rigorous testing protocols.

In an industry where claims often outweigh evidence, we're committed to setting a new standard. Testing isn't just something we do; it's woven into the fabric of our operations. We believe that every provider should follow suit, yet we acknowledge that this isn't always the case. It's a reality that has persisted for far too long, but at Qonzer, we're determined to change that narrative.

We needed a server class like no other, one that could do anything from powering simple websites to game servers to the highest frequency compute virtualization available and we found it with the AMD ZEN4 architecture and here's how we did it.

Reading, watching, and observing are crucial aspects when compiling a list of top processors. We consider everything from user-reported issues to performance claims.

Our list includes a wide range of AMD and Intel processors, covering both server and desktop lines. To refine our selection, we prioritize specific requirements essential for performance and game server hosting:
  • Cost and Availability
  • Cores / Threads
  • Per Core Clock Frequency
  • Cooling Requirements
  • Memory Compatibility
Xeon and EPYC processors were excluded from our list due to their lower clock frequency despite offering high core counts. While they excel in multitasking environments, almost all game server software only benefits more from high single-core performance.

After thorough evaluation, we settled on two processor series that offer the best combination of cores/threads, frequency, hardware compatibility, and functionality. Most importantly, they deliver exceptional overall performance.

AMD Ryzen™ 9 7900X
12 Cores / 24 Threads
4.7GHz - 5.6Ghz

AMD Ryzen™ 9 7950X
16 Cores / 32 Threads
4.5GHz - 5.7Ghz

Intel® Core™ 13900k
16 E-Cores 2.2 - 4.3Ghz
8 P-Cores / 16 Threads 3 - 5.8Ghz

Intel® Core™ 14900k
16 E-Cores 2.4 - 4.4Ghz
8 P-Cores / 16 Threads 3.2 - 5.6Ghz
The AMD Server Class Test Bench
  • Socket AM5 Motherboard - H13SRD-F
  • 4 x 32Gb - 128Gb 4800 MT/s ECC Registered DDR5 Memory
  • 2 x 2tb Samsung Enterprise NVMe
  • 3 x 120mm Fan AIO Liquid Cooler
  • Windows Server 2022
The Intel Server Class Test Bench
  • Socket LGA-1700 Motherboard - B4SA1-CPU
  • 4 x 32Gb - 128Gb 4800 MT/s ECC Registered DDR5 Memory
  • 2 x 2tb Samsung Enterprise NVMe
  • 3 x 120mm Fan AIO Liquid Cooler
  • Windows Server 2022
We also tested these processors in standard mainstream gaming motherboards for comparision.
The AMD Desktop Class Test Bench
  • Asus ROG Strix X670E-E
  • 4 x 32Gb - 128Gb 5800 MT/s Non-ECC Registered DDR5 Memory
  • 2 x 2tb Samsung Enterprise NVMe
  • 3 x 120mm Fan AIO Liquid Cooler
  • Windows Server 2022
The Intel Desktop Class Test Bench
  • Asus ROG STRIX Z790-E
  • 4 x 32Gb - 128Gb 5800 MT/s Non-ECC Registered DDR5 Memory
  • 2 x 2tb Samsung Enterprise NVMe
  • 3 x 120mm Fan AIO Liquid Cooler
  • Windows Server 2022

The Benchmarks

To gather our benchmark data we used GeekBench, CineBench, SciMark, Primesieve and yCruncher.
yCruncher Multi Threaded (5M Pi) (Lower is Better)
yCruncher Single Threaded (5M Pi) (Lower is Better)
CineBench 2024 Multi Threaded (Higher is Better)
CineBench 2024 Single Threaded (Higher is Better)
Primesieve 1.9.0 (Lower is Better)
Factorio 20k Hybrid (Higher is Better)
Geekbench 6 Multi Threaded (Higher is Better)
Geekbench 6 Single Threaded (Higher is Better)

Scenario Testing

We used multiple applicatons from virtualization to game servers to test different scenarios.
Prime95 Load Test (Sustained Temp)
During the Prime95 load test, we pushed the CPUs to their limits by utilizing multiple FTTs and applying maximum heat to stress them. The 13900k failed during the test, hitting its maximum TDP of 100°C, which led to thermal throttling. However, the 7900x, 7950x, and 14900k all performed within specifications. Nevertheless, the 14900k ran excessively hot, consistently exceeding 90°C throughout the entire test.

Test Conclusion
It's imperative that these processors can operate 24/7 without the risk of thermal failure. Unfortunately, the 14900k ran too hot for our needs. Despite having all racks air-conditioned, if we were to run over 100 of these in a single rack, we're almost certain they would all encounter thermal issues.
DayZ Load Test (avg FPS)
This test is a simulated mission designed to gauge the performance (FPS) specific to the game DayZ. It involves spawning and unspawning items within a loop to create server load.

Test Conclusion
We observed that when running 1-2 instances of the server, all CPUs performed admirably. However, it's evident that the Intel 13900k and 14900k have a significant drawback. Unlike AMD series CPUs, these processors lack an all-core frequency capability. They feature 16 E-Cores running between 2.2-4GHz and 8 P-Cores/16 threads running at 5GHz+, totaling 32 threads. The issue arises when the P-Cores are utilized, as the CPU heavily relies on E-Cores, resulting in a drastic decrease in performance.
Palworld 5 Player Load Test (avg FPS)
During this test, we enlisted 30 experienced players from our community to carry out similar tasks on each server. We acknowledge that game performance can fluctuate, and while each server may have slightly different metrics, it shouldn't impact our overall findings. We meticulously recorded the average server-side FPS over a one-hour duration, assessing at one-minute intervals.

Test Conclusion
Regrettably, both the 13900k and 14900k displayed the same issue noted in the DayZ test, but to a more significant degree. While the 14900k excelled when running a single server, its performance significantly declined when tasked with multiple servers, reaching an unplayable state.

Final Conclusion

All the processors aced the benchmarks, but when put through our 'Scenario Testing,' the Intel 13900k and 14900k just didn't cut it. Plus, Intel's habit of switching CPU sockets means no upgrade path. That's a deal-breaker for us.

On the flip side, AMD's AM5 socket promises longevity until 2026. The 7900x and 7950x were solid performers, but the 7950x stole the show, especially in multitasking. It's all thanks to its lack of E-Cores, allowing every core to hit up to 5.7GHz.

We ditched the 7900x in favor of the 7950x; the price difference wasn't worth it. AMD's Ryzen 7950x blew us away, and the beauty is, if a newer, better AMD CPU drops, like the 8950x, we can easily upgrade our entire global network.

After months of testing, the 7950x won our hearts. But deploying the same hardware worldwide was a challenge. Thankfully, our partners came through. We've set up a global network of servers with identical hardware, ensuring everyone gets the same top-notch experience. It's all about delivering the performance and reliability you deserve, without breaking the bank.
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The Supermicro A+ Microcloud

In the ever-evolving domain of server infrastructure, Supermicro has earned widespread acclaim for its pioneering solutions that seamlessly integrate power, reliability, and innovation. Among its latest innovations, the Supermicro AS-3015MR-H8TNR emerges as a testament to the company's unwavering dedication to advancing server technology to new heights.

At the forefront of this technological revolution stands the Supermicro H13SRD-F motherboard, reshaping our perception of data center infrastructure. Its compact size is a game-changer, enabling unprecedented scalability with the capacity to accommodate up to 8 servers within a single 2U chassis. This remarkable feat not only streamlines deployment but also optimizes space utilization, making it a standout choice for Qonzer seeking agile and efficient solutions for our evolving needs.
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In the core of this beast?

The Server Specifications

  • AMD Ryzen™ 9 7950X - 16 Cores / 32 Threads
  • 4 x 32Gb (128Gb DDR5 5200 MT/s) Memory
  • 2 x 1Tb or 2Tb Samsung Enterprise NVMe
  • 2 x 10gbit - Public / Private Nic

This powerhouse setup ensures seamless execution of even the most demanding workloads, whether it's intensive data processing, virtualization tasks, or high-performance gaming and server hosting applications. It's configuration guarantees unparalleled performance, efficiency, and reliability in modern data center infrastructure, empowering organizations to thrive in today's data-driven world.
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