cya Core-X, hello Xeon workstation, Intel’s new Sapphire Rapids HEDT CPU

cya Core-X, hello Xeon workstation, Intel's new Sapphire Rapids HEDT CPU

Tech Highlights:

  • According to a fresh report from MLID, Intel will delete the Core-X branding from Sapphire Rapids and rebrand it as the new Xeon Workstation CPU family. Intel is returning with up to 56 cores, 112 threads, 8-channel DDR5 support, 350W TDP, and 112 x PCIe 5.0 lanes.

  • We should expect a CPU with up to 56 cores and 112 threads, as well as DDR5 RAM and PCIe 5.0 capability. For the new Aurora supercomputer, we may anticipate a Sapphire Rapids version with super-fast HBM2e memory and a spiffy new Ponte Vecchio GPU.

We might end up seeing the new Intel HEDT-focused Sapphire Rapids-X platform might act as a “spiritual successor” to Intel HEDT Cascade Lake-X, with an interesting new consumer-focused HEDT Sapphire Rapids CPU that has some huge upgrades over Cascade Lake.

We should expect to see Intel launch its new Sapphire Rapids CPUs in 2022.

This could see Intel still offer 4-channel or 8-channel DDR5 RAM and drop down to (but still a huge) 64 x PCIe 5.0 lanes, which would be more than enough to compete with AMD and its HEDT platform with Ryzen Threadripper and Ryzen Threadripper PRO.

Intel’s next-gen Sapphire Rapid-X architecture isn’t far away with the new HEDT platform, which will be made on the new Intel 7 node.

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