For data center chains, Sapphire Rapids is sure to be one of Intel’s most exciting developments in recent years. Enthusiasts can also expect Sapphire Rapids to shake up the HEDT computer segment, which is often overlooked. Sometime. The implicit question for enthusiasts is, when? According to the filtered roadmaps: probably not for another eleven months, at the earliest.
Slides have been sent to Videocardz I suggest that Sapphire Rapids and a compatible W790 chipset will not arrive until the end of the second quarter of 2022. That is, approximately in June 2022. Similarly, Intel Alder Lake, which is suspected to arrive in October along with a possible version of Windows 11, it is proposed here to reach the queue for the second quarter of 2021. It is likely to be then September.
What we can’t explain here is the likelihood that there is outdated information within this filtered roadmap or that Intel changes things at the last minute, as usual.
In fact, there have recently been Sapphire Rapids server chips, known as 4th generation Xeon Scalable production was advanced during the first three months of 2022 and go up in the next second quarter. This will almost certainly mean that the HEDT chips planned for that time will also be removed. They are the same silicon beneath the surface, after all.
But that's exactly what you should expect when the time comes, anyway.
Sapphire Rapids will mark a major shake-up in Intel's DNA, equivalent to what was expected on the desktop with Alder Lake later this year. It is based on the 10 nm process, supports PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 and will incorporate chiplet-based packaging and architecture to offer heaps of built-in functionality not yet seen. This includes onboard HBM memory storage, which sounds pretty sweet to me, if you ask me.
Enthusiastic chips are likely to follow the lead of previous HEDT (high-end desktop) processors, such as Intel Cascade Lake X. This means a server chip under the heat spreader, but with a chipset and more platform. enthusiastic / gaming / professional than your usual. server motherboard.
The arrival of standard desktop processors with a high core count, such as the Ryzen 9 5950X, have certainly peaked at the HEDT market, and even Intel is increasing the core count with Alder Lake and Raptor Lake (either small Atom nuclei). .
However, there are other advantages to desktop-level server chips: HEDT chips tend to offer a massive kernel count, a much larger number of PCIe lanes, and larger cache sizes for really huge megabuilds.
However, it often comes at a cost, however, and Intel's offering tends to fall behind AMD's equivalent Ryzen Threadripper platform. As such, it doesn’t feel too much about 10th generation Intel Core X processors.
But that doesn’t mean Sapphire Rapids HEDT chips aren’t exciting. In any case, the potential of a powerful server architecture in Sapphire Rapids means that Intel may have something to offer enthusiasts and gamers over-excited with its HEDT processors based on the same architecture.
Meanwhile, AMD may announce its response to Sapphire Rapids on the new Threadripper processors, presumably the 5000 series. So far we haven’t heard any aspect of the company on this front, but I guess no news is good news?