For fairly a while now—for the reason that mid-Nineties or thereabouts—there’s been a big break up within the PC market between normal shopper desktops and workstation techniques, also called “high-end desktop” (HEDT) techniques. HEDT machines, usually talking, normally supply extra excessive bandwidth connectivity, extra cores, and reminiscence capability than normal desktop platforms. That mentioned, the HEDT market has been in a downturn for some time now, although Intel might lastly be bringing its subsequent workstation platform to the market quickly.
The attention-grabbing query is precisely which CPUs will go into this socket. Historically, HEDT platforms share most of their expertise with the contemporaneous server platform, so we might count on to see Sapphire Rapids CPUs with as much as 56 cores slotting into this board—presumably even together with the recently-announced Xeon Max HBM CPUs.
A SiSoft Sandra leak earlier this yr revealed the existence of the “Fishhawk Falls” Xeon W5-3433. That’s apparently a 16-core CPU with 2MB of L2 cache per core. That sounds fairly acquainted, would not it? In case you aren’t getting it, Intel’s Raptor Lake elevated the L2 cache from 1.25MB on Alder Lake to a full 2MB per core. That mentioned, Sapphire Rapids is identical in that specification, so in the end it nonetheless might be both.
We’ll know as soon as they arrive out, however that could be a bit but. In accordance with WCCFTech, these chips and their platform shall be unveiled in February, with availability at first of Q1.