Intel Sapphire Rapids-AP, The Next-Gen Golden Cove Core Powered HEDT CPU Lineup, Rumored For Launch By End of 2022


It’s been a while since we heard about Intel’s next-generation HEDT lineup, and it seems that the Sapphire Rapids-APCPU family will be available later this year.

Intel Next-Gen Sapphire Rapids-APHEDT CPU lineup with golden cove core will be released later this year

The HEDT CPU segment hasn’t taken much action in the last few years. Intel’s 10th generation Core-X lineup was launched in 2019, and AMD’s last Threadripper family was launched in early 2020. In AMD’s workstation space, Thread ripper “WX” parts However, these haven’t received much attention since the Zen 2 parts released in early 2021. Both AMD and Intel will announce a next-generation HEDT lineup with Golden Cove and Zen 3 cores, which is subject to change later this year.

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In his latest series of tweets about the recently leaked Intel Sapphire Rapids-SP Xeon CPU Benchmark, YuuKi_AnS The blue team points out that they are preparing a next-generation HEDT CPU lineup codenamed “Sapphire Rapids-AP”. This is very interesting because the “AP” Monica was previously used in the flagship Cascade Lake-AP parts with MCM solutions. The Sapphire Rapids-SP lineup already has an MCM design with four tiles, each with up to 15 cores (14 cores enabled). So, in a way, Sapphire Rapids-SP can be considered an “AP” variant, but Intel seems to have decided to sell the HEDT lineup as an “AP” instead of an “X”. Details are unknown at this time, but the lineup is targeted at the high-end desktop segment and will be released in the second half of 2022.

Previous rumor The HEDT lineup is targeted at the desktop CPU segment, but points out that it is primarily targeted at the workstation segment.

Intel Sapphire Rapids-Xeon Workstation Platform

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Intel also plans to further subdivide the Sapphire Rapids HEDT platform into two categories: workstations and mainstream workstation platforms. The standard workstation platform will be the successor to the Ice Lake-W Xeon CPU launched in 2020. They have up to 56 Golden Cove cores and a minimum of 12 cores that boost above 4GHz. This will be a diverse portfolio with numerous SKUs with TDPs that scale up to 350W for flagship models. The Sapphire Rapids HEDT CPU also has a variety of on-chip accelerators, but it’s unclear if these will work or be disabled in the final model. Prices are expected to be between $ 3,000 and $ 5,000 and fall into the ultra-premium performance category.

In the SKU analysis below, there are at least 4 SKUs and 3 different platform configurations starting with the Sapphire Rapids-SP XCC die for the server market. These are full-fledged parts and are not part of the Xeon Workstation HEDT family. Next is the Sapphire Rapids-112L XCC die, which offers up to 112 PCIe Gen 5.0 lanes and works on workstation platforms. This is followed by the Sapphire Rapids-SP MCC configuration. It provides a medium number of cores, but supports 8 channel memory. The entry-level SPR-MSWS mainstream workstation platform, on the other hand, has the same MCC die but supports 4-channel DDR5 memory.

Intel will offer at least four different SKU configurations in the Sapphire Rapids Xeon Workstation HEDT lineup. (Image credit: MLID) The Fishhawk Falls platform will be a robust, next-generation ecosystem consisting of 8-channel DDR5-4400 (1DPC) / DDR5-4800 (2DPC) and up to 112 PCIe Gen 5.0 lanes. .. Motherboards are more like workstation-tier products than server boards, with one socket.

Intel Sapphire Rapids-Xeon Mainstream Workstation Platform

The second platform is designed as a more mainstream workstation product and will replace the Cascade Lake-X and Xeon-W Skylake-X (Xeon W-3175X) chips. The number of cores in the Sapphire Rapids CPUs in this lineup is expected to be around 28-36 cores (Golden Cove Architecture), rocking much higher clock speeds up to 4.5-5.0 GHz. The CPU will eventually be around 300WTDP, but the top model can be around 400W based on the final clock configuration.

Preliminary specifications for Intel’s Sapphire Rapids HEDT Xeon workstation CPU. (Image credit: MLID)

As for the platform, it has 8-channel (non-ECC) and 4-channel (EEC) DDR5 support, reducing the number of PCIe Gen 5.0 lanes to 64. The price is about the same as the previous Core-X CPU. These chips are expected to cost around $ 500 to $ 3000. Earlier rumors suggested that the Fishhawk HEDT family was based on the W790 / C790 PCH, but given that there are at least two platforms at work, there could be a much higher end PCHSKU. ..Regarding the release, Intel rumor The next-generation HEDT CPU family will be launched in the third quarter of 2022 at about the same time as the 13th generation Raptor Lake CPU lineup.

On the other hand, AMD The Threadripper lineup has been postponed or canceled based on the Chagall / Chagall 3D design... Intel is following AMD’s route to branding the HEDT platform for workstation users under the Xeon brand. AMD has done the same with the Threadripper Pro family. AMD has the option of reschedule the Zen 3 Threadripper CPU for Intel’s Xeon workstation parts in mid-2022, or prioritize the next generation Zen 4 parts and completely delay the family. AMD has been the undisputed king of HEDT and workstation CPU space in its thread ripper lineup, but with Sapphire Rapids, Intel will catch up and regain some of its workstation / HEDT market share. I have a chance. That is what we have to wait for.

Intel HEDT Processor Family:

Intel HEDT family Sapphire Rapids-X? Cascade Lake-X Skylake-X Skylake-X Skylake-X Broadwell-E Haswell-E Ivy Bridge-E Sandy Bridge-E Gulf Town
Process node 10nm ESF 14nm ++ 14nm or more 14nm or more 14nm or more 14nm 22nm 22nm 32nm 32nm
Flagship SKU TBA Core i9-10980XE Xeon W-3175X Core i9-9980XE Core i9-7980XE Core i7-6950X Core i7-5960X Core i7-4960X Core i7-3960X Core i7-980X
Maximum core / thread 56/112? 18/36 28/56 18/36 18/36 10/20 8/16 6/12 6/12 6/12
Clock speed TBA 3.00 / 4.80 GHz 3.10 / 4.30 GHz 3.00 / 4.50 GHz 2.60 / 4.20 GHz 3.00 / 3.50 GHz 3.00 / 3.50 GHz 3.60 / 4.00 GHz 3.30 / 3.90 GHz 3.33 / 3,60 GHz
Maximum cache TBA 24.75 MB L3 38.5 MB L3 24.75 MB L3 24.75 MB L3 25 MB L3 20 MB L3 15 MB L3 15 MB L3 12 MB L3
Maximum PCI-Express lane (CPU) 112 Gen5? 44 Gen3 44 Gen3 44 Gen3 44 Gen3 40 Gen3 40 Gen3 40 Gen3 40 Gen2 32 Gen2
Chipset compatibility W790? X299 C612E X299 X299 X99 chipset X99 chipset X79 chipset X79 chipset X58 chipset
Socket compatibility LGA 4677? LGA 2066 LGA 3647 LGA 2066 LGA 2066 LGA 2011-3 LGA 2011-3 LGA 2011 LGA 2011 LGA 1366
Memory compatibility DDR5-4800? DDR4-2933 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2800 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2400 DDR4-2133 DDR3-1866 DDR3-1600 DDR3-1066
Maximum TDP TBA 165W 255W 165W 165W 140W 140W 130W 130W 130W
Release Q3 2022? Q4 2019 Q4 2018 Q4 2018 Q3 2017 Second quarter of 2016 Third quarter of 2014 Q3 2013 Fourth quarter of 2011 First quarter of 2010
Release price TBA $ 979 ~ $ 4000 US $ 1979 United States $ 1999 US $ 1700 US $ 1059 US US $ 999 US $ 999 US $ 999

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