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Tipster outs new die shots for Intel's upcoming Sapphire Rapids-based Xeon chips

The new Xeon chip could feature up to 56 Golden Cove cores (Image source: Intel)
The new Xeon chip could feature up to 56 Golden Cove cores (Image source: Intel)
The die shots showcase Sapphire Rapids ESF parts that utilize MCM, enabling Intel to creates chips with up to 56 Golden Cove cores. Multi-socket implementations could offer enterprise customers a new Xeon option with higher IPC, better temps at 10nm, scaling up to 3-digit core counts.
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Tipster @AnsYuuki released what appear to be die shots for an upcoming Intel Sapphire Rapids Xeon chip. We're looking at what's likely the top-end variant, with 56 out of 60 cores enabled - 14 out of 15 on each of the 4 MCM chiplets. 

Utilizing the Golden Cove architecture with 10nm lithography, the new Xeon chips will feature significantly higher IPC and lower power consumption, thanks to a redesigned architecture and the die shrink. This means Intel could have a competitive part to go head to head with AMD's upcoming Zen 4-based EPYC Genoa

While the Golden Cove-based Xeon tops out at 56 cores, far less than EPYC Genoa, Intel does have a trick up its sleeve: better support for multi-socket configurations. A dual-socket EPYC Genoa configuration could feature 192 cores, nothing to sniff at.

However, high-end enterprise users could stack up to 8 4th-gen Sapphire Rapids chips in a multi-socket config, for a far higher core count per server rack. Apart from the move to 10nm, the new chips will feature support for the upcoming DDR5 RAM memory standard, along with PCIe 5.0

Close-up die shot of a single Sapphire Rapids core (Image source: @AnsYuuki)
Close-up die shot of a single Sapphire Rapids core (Image source: @AnsYuuki)

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2021-06-13 (Update: 2021-06-13)