Dumb name aside, I'm curious what each chip will cost. The E5-2699A Xeons they positioned it against cost about $4K each, but I've got a bad feeling the Epyc chips won't undercut Intels price too much. Any rumors on what the expected cost per-chip is going to be? We've already seen rumors that Threadripper won't be too far south of the price of the i7-6950X it's aimed at.
I'm also curious to see how it stacks up against those Xeons in heavily multi-threaded tasks, that push the CPU and memory controllers to their limits. It would also be sweet if we could use an Optane NVMe card as a "smart cache", but that most likely isn't gonna happen.
I'd love to have a 2P Epyc server with 256-512GB RAM, and a couple of those WD Red Pro HDDs, for running tons of VMs either in Linux or ESXi (the more threads and RAM I can get, the better), but I'm not looking forward to paying almost the price of a nice used car for it. O_o
Depending on how Threadripper and Epyc pan out, I might end up just settling for a Linux workstation built around Threadripper, and just run subsections of the network topologies I'm wanting to test at a time. Man, it would be sweet to run two datacenter designs, along with the DCI, to see how things will work out, though.