Intel to Ditch Sapphire Rapids-X Lineup in Favor of Xeon Workstation Series [Rumor]


Intel bowed out of the HEDT phase as AMD consolidated its place with the launch of the third Gen Ryzen Threadrippers. Since then, each chipmakers have considerably uncared for the HEDT area, not releasing a brand new platform based mostly on their newest core architectures. Intel’s final HEDT platform was Glacier Falls, that includes the tenth Gen Cascade Lake-X chips. This was basically one other Skylake refresh with (barely) aggressive costs. AMD was fast to benefit from the chaos, releasing three Threadripper households based mostly on Zen and Zen 2.

Nonetheless, it’s been a yr because the launch of the Zen 3 core structure, and we’re but to see the next-gen Threadrippers. Intel is reportedly seeking to benefit of this chance, launching two HEDT lineups in a single go. Nonetheless, the chipmaker supposedly going to drop the Core-X naming scheme in favor of the Xeon Workstation sequence.

As such, the next-gen HEDT lineup from Intel will come beneath the Xeon nomenclature. There will likely be two platforms beneath Sapphire Rapids HEDT: one based mostly on a chiplet design just like Sapphire Rapids-SP, and a core depend of (as much as) 56. This would be the successor to the Ice Lake Workstation sequence. It can function octa-channel DDR5-4400 reminiscence (or 4 channel DDR5-4800), 350W of TDP, and 112 PCIe Gen 5 lanes. The chips could have a lift clock exceeding 4GHz. They’ll function one processor per socket (1S). These HEDT components are slated to value between $3,000, and 5,000.

A extra reasonably priced price range workstation platform can be slated to land alongside Sapphire Rapids HEDT based mostly on a distinct design. This would be the precise successor to Cascade Lake-X. We’re taking a look at an MCC design with as much as 36 cores and a TDP of ~300-400W. It’ll function quad/octa channel reminiscence and 64 PCIe Gen 5 lanes. We will anticipate a lift clock of near 5GHz and a price ticket of $1,000-$3,000.

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