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Intel Ice Lake-SP 24C/48T processor spotted on SiSoftware database, faces tough competition from AMD in terms of both price and performance

Intel Ice Lake-SP shows up on the SiSoftware database. (Image Source: HotHardware)
Intel Ice Lake-SP shows up on the SiSoftware database. (Image Source: HotHardware)
A 24-core 48-thread Intel 10nm Ice Lake-SP processor has shown up on the SiSoftware database belong to the Intel Whitley platform. Intel Ice Lake-SP is expected to cater to the workstation/HEDT segment and will have to face some formidable opponents such as AMD EPYC Rome, and the upcoming EPYC Milan and Threadripper 4000 CPUs when they launch later this year.

The 10nm Intel Ice Lake platform tops out at four cores and eight threads on the laptop side of things but server is a totally different ball game altogether. While we have seen a few Ice Lake Server listings in the past on the Geekbench benchmarking site, this is the first time we are seeing a 24-core 48-thread Ice Lake-SP show up on the SiSoftware database. 

According to the SiSoftware listing spotted by TUM_APISAK, the Ice Lake-SP part sports a 24-core 48-thread configuration that is clocked at 2.2 GHz, has 24x 1.5 MB L2 cache, and a 36 MB L3 cache. Though not evident from this particular listing, previous Geekbench leaks indicate that Ice Lake-SP can have a boost up to 2.9 GHz. In those Geekbench leaks we also get to know the Northbridge ID as Intel ID09A2, which points to Intel Whitley in the CPU-Z validator.

Ice Lake-SP belongs to the Whitley platform, which is an upgrade from the Skylake-based Purley generation. Ice Lake-SP can be expected to cater to workstation Xeons and possibly even HEDT with its contemporary Cooper Lake-SP likely to be targeted at scalable Xeon high-performance systems. Intel Whitley will also see the arrival of PCIe Gen4 and DDR4-3200 RAM support — a first for any Intel platform.

While it is good to see Intel finally transitioning to 10nm on the HEDT/server side, AMD has already made its mark with EPYC Rome 7742 that offers up to 64 cores and 128 threads for server not to forget the Threadripper 3990X that offers the same core count with higher clocks for the HEDT market.

That being said, the Intel 24C/48T Ice Lake-SP CPU is almost on par with an AMD EPYC 7402P in Geekbench 4 multi-core, which is also a 24C/48T part. The EPYC 7402P does manage to have ~10% lead in single-core test, though.

Although Epyc does not support as many sockets as Xeon does (2 vs 8) AMD does have a cost advantage owing to its chiplet design. With Zen 3-based EPYC Milan slated to launch later this year, it looks like Intel will have to offer an enticing cost incentive to ensure that Ice Lake-SP manages to have a decent marketshare.

24-core 48-thread Ice Lake-SP on SiSoftware database. (Source: SiSoftware)
24-core 48-thread Ice Lake-SP on SiSoftware database. (Source: SiSoftware)
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2020-06- 4 (Update: 2020-06- 4)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor - 1279 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.