Leaks reveal an early look into Intel Xeon Emerald Rapids CPUs. That being said, you should now know that Emerald rapids processors will sport up to 64 cores, the leaker suggests.
Leaks Reveal an Early Look into Intel Xeon Emerald Rapids CPUs
YuuKi_AnS which is a prominent leaker has now published materials that appear to be offering a sneak peek into Intel’s upcoming Emerald Rapids server processors. The specification documents which the leaker claims were recently distributed to OEMs suggest that the most performant Emerald Rapids SKUs will feature up to 64 cores thus leveling with the current generation of AMD’s EPYC chips.
The CPUs, Emerald Rapids also will reportedly deliver data transfer of speeds that are up to 20 GT/s, an improved memory speed, and also up to 80 PCle 5.0 lanes.
Industry Troubles of Intel Xeon
Intel was asked by Techradar Pro to confirm the accuracy of the leaked specs and as of yet, we haven’t heard anything in that regard.
The Emeralds Rapids leak is coming at the time that Intel is still battling to bring its next-generation Xeon Sapphire Rapids chips to mass market.
The rollout of this very Sapphire Rapids has been punctuated by continued delays. Originally slated to launch back in 2021, the new Xeon chips were first pushed back to early 2022, and then to the middle and now the end of the year.
The Company Delivered On Its Promise of Putting New Chips in the Hands of Select Customers in Q1
The company however delivered on its promise to put the new chips in the hands of select customers back in Q1. But it now seems that most people will have to wait until the end of Q1 2023 to gain access to the silicon.
Intel’s head of data center silicon, Sandra Rivera earlier this year explained that “With innovation comes a level of complexity, and we see all customers – OEMs, ODMs, the hyperscalers – have strong demand for platform validation with us. At this point, we are building in more platform and product validation time, so we see the Sapphire Rapids ramp being later in the year than we had originally forecast.”
Emerald Rapids Is Still On Schedule to Be Released In Late 2023
Rivera despite these delays has stated that Emerald Rapids is still on schedule to be released in late 2023 thus cutting the short life span of its troubled predecessor. But whether the chips will be able to compete on level footing with the most recent and greatest from the rivals of Intel is a different question.
AMD’s fourth-generation EPYC chip, codenamed Genoa, also is set to launch in 2023. And it will boast up to 96 cores; while an offshoot variant that is crafted specifically for cloud workloads will sport up to 128. Although the core count isn’t everything yet, the gap between Intel and AMD is now very wide.
The Server CPU Market Has Traditionally Been a Stronghold for Intel
The server CPU market has traditionally and usually been a stronghold for Intel, whose Xeon chips have majorly dominated practically all sub-sectors, from HPC to cloud, but the recent figures are clearly suggesting that AMD is set to further erode the lead of Intel lead, notching potentially its largest ever quarterly gain.
The imminent entrance into the market of Nvidia meanwhile and as well as the rise of Arm-based chips that are built by hyperscalers such as AWS will but only ratchet up the level of completion among vendors and also the pressure on Intel.