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Xeon Platinum 8490H: Intels erster 60-Kerner für Server im Detail

Xeon Platinum 8490H: Intel’s first 60-core server in detail

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Twitter user underscores the credibility of his information on the upcoming line of Intel Sapphire Rapids server processors @yuuki_ans with screenshots. The Xeon Platinum 8490H is the spearhead with 60 cores.

Screenshots confirm the key data of the Xeon 8490H

already in july @yuuki_ans Lists with putative names and specifications of upcoming Intel (Sapphire Rapids) and AMD (Genoa) server CPUs released. Below are screenshots of the flagship Xeon Platinum 8490H. These confirm 60 cores and 120 threads. The clock frequency of the engineering sample reaches up to 3.5GHz as the maximum turbo clock, which also applies to the production model. The L3 cache measures 112.5 MB and the TDP is 350 watts.

Intel Xeon Platinum 8490H
Intel Xeon Platinum 8490H (Image: @yuuki_ans)

The Xeon 8490H is said to lead the H-series, which is optimized for analytics and database virtualization and offers models from 16 to 60 cores. There should be a maximum of 56 cores in the base series with the Xeon Platinum 8480+.

The Xeon 8472C could be a custom model

But another model is now raising questions: the Xeon Platinum 8472C recognized by the CPU-Z tool was previously unlisted. It is said to have 52 cores, 97.5 MB of L3 cache, and a maximum turbo clock of 3.8 GHz with a TDP of 350 watts. Thanks to the higher clock, the 8472C beats the 8490H in the CPU-Z single-threaded benchmark, but falls slightly behind in multi-threading. According to the tool, both processors were used in a dual package, that is, in a dual-socket system.

Intel Xeon Platinum 8472C
Intel Xeon Platinum 8472C (Image: @yuuki_ans)
Xeon 8490H versus 8472C in CPUI-Z benchmark
Xeon 8490H versus 8472C in CPUI-Z benchmark (image: @yuuki_ans)
Intel Sapphire Rapids: models and series
Intel Sapphire Rapids: models and series (Image: @yuuki_ans)

The fact that the “C” suffix can stand for “custom”, ie for branches tailored to customer requirements, is not so far-fetched. Intel CEO had already customized Xeon I consider.

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Belatedly against the core monster AMD Genoa

With a delay, Intel Sapphire Rapids is now only expected in early 2023. Then the opponent could already have an advantage: AMD Genoa with Zen 4 architecture will be presented later this year. AMD recently announced the new name for the Epyc 9004 family.

The Twitter user also provided concrete details about the new Epyc series. Photos, screenshots and now the confirmation of the change from the previous scheme Epyc 7xxx to Epyc 9xxx guarantee its authenticity.

Intel’s 60-core processor probably won’t stand a chance against the Epyc 9654P with 96 cores and 192 threads in well-scalable multithreaded applications. This isn’t even the maximum at AMD, because the Epyc 9754 is said to offer 128 cores. AMD calls this branch Bergamo and not Genoa.

Emerald Rapids with hardly any more cores

Intel won’t be able to catch up to AMD’s lead in number of cores for the foreseeable future. Noisy @yuuki_ans the maximum for Intel Emerald Rapids, the successor to Sapphire Rapids, should be 64 cores and thus only slightly higher.

Fast Intel Emerald
Intel Emerald Rapids (Image: @yuuki_ans)

Only Granite Rapids is said to offer significantly more cores with a new modular principle. At least 120 cores are expected. However, due to delays in Intel’s Xeon roadmap, this is unlikely to happen before 2025.

Meteor Lake and Granite Rapids on Intel 4
Meteor Lake and Granite Rapids on Intel 4 (Image: Intel)