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40-core Sapphire Rapids dual-socket part outed on Geekbench, scores nearly 30K, but trails behind the likes of the Ryzen 9 5800X

This early Sapphire Rapids engineering sample delivers mediocre performance, but release date Xeon parts should fare better (Image source: Intel)
This early Sapphire Rapids engineering sample delivers mediocre performance, but release date Xeon parts should fare better (Image source: Intel)
@BenchLeaks recently spotted a Geekbench 4 entry for a purported Intel Sapphire Rapids dual-socket part with 40 cores in total. The possible engineering sample scored roughly 30,000 on Geekbench 4, a ways off, even from weaker commercial parts like the Ryzen 9 5800X.

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@BenchLeaks recently spotted a Geekbench 4 listing for what appears to be a 40-core dual-socket Intel Sapphire Rapids configuration. The system scored a rather mediocre 31,000 on the multi-core test, which is actually lower than what consumer parts like the Ryzen 9 5800X score. Considering it’s an early engineering sample with a base clock under 2 GHz, though, we expect the final silicon to perform substantially better. 

Sapphire Rapids is powered by the same 10nm Golden Cove cores we expect to see in 12th Gen Intel Alder Lake parts later this year, though Sapphire Rapids Xeon parts themselves aren’t expected to hit the market until later in 2022.

Intel has been continuously ceding market share to AMD, both in the consumer and server spaces. In large part, this is because its 14nm refreshes just aren't competitive from a performance per watt perspective relative to top-end 7nm Zen 3 silicon.

However, Alder Lake and Sapphire Rapids mark Intel’s move to the 10nm process in the desktop and server spaces. The efficiency gains from the die shrink and the IPC gains could be enough to swing the pendulum back in Intel’s direction. We’ll need to see how Alder Lake and Sapphire Rapids chips perform in the real world first, though.

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Arjun Krishna Lal
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I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. Apart from working as an editor at Notebookcheck, I write for outlets including TechSpot and Gamingbolt. I’m the Director of Content at Flying V Group, one of the top 5 digital marketing agencies in Orange County. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.
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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2021-07- 9 (Update: 2021-07- 9)