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10nm Server Chips With Up To 40 Cores

Today finally marks the official launch of Intel’s 3rd Gen Ice Lake-SP Xeon CPUs which will be the company’s first server lineup to be made on the 10nm process node. The Ice Lake-SP lineup aims at the server segment and will be competing against AMD’s EPYC Milan family which launched last month.

Intel 3rd Gen Ice Lake-SP Xeon CPUs Officially Launched – 10nm Comes To Servers With Up To 40 Cores, 270W TDP, 64 PCIe Gen 4.0 Lanes & More

Starting off with the details, Intel’s 3rd Gen Ice Lake-SP Xeon CPUs will be based on the 10nm+ process node and utilize the Sunny Cove core architecture. The Intel Sunny Cove x86 architecture has been around since 2019 and was first featured on Intel’s 10th Gen Ice Lake processors for the notebook segment. Intel has since moved over to Tiger Lake which is based on the Willow Cove x86 architecture and makes use of the 10nm SuperFin process node.

Intel 3rd Gen Ice Lake-SP Xeon Platinum 8351N CPU Benchmarked, Up To 65% Faster Than 32 Core AMD EPYC Rome Chips With AVX-512

Some of the major upgrades that Intel’s 10nm+ for Ice Lake-SP Xeon CPU will deliver include:

  • 2.7x density scaling vs 14nm
  • Self-aligned Quad-Patterning
  • Contact Over Active Gate
  • Cobalt Interconnect (M0, M1)
  • 1st Gen Foveros 3D Stacking
  • 2nd Gen EMIB

Some of the major highlights of today’s Intel Xeon announcement include:

  • New 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors — combined with Intel’s portfolio of Intel® Optane™ persistent memory and storage, Ethernet adapters, FPGAs, and optimized software solutions — deliver performance and workload optimizations across hybrid-cloud, high-performance computing (HPC), networking, and intelligent edge applications.
  • New 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors feature a flexible architecture with integrated artificial intelligence (AI) acceleration with Intel® DL Boost technology, plus advanced security capabilities to protect data and application code with Intel® Software Guard Extension (Intel® SGX) and Intel Crypto Acceleration.
  • New 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors are rapidly ramping, having shipped more than 200,000 units for revenue in the first quarter of 2021 with broad industry adoption across all market segments, including the world’s top cloud service providers set to deploy services; more than 250 design wins within 50 unique OxM partners; more than 15 major telecom equipment manufacturers and communications service providers readying POCs and networking deployments, and over 20 HPC labs and HPC-as-a-service environments leveraging our latest Xeon Scalable processors.

Intel’s Ice Lake-SP will ship in two die configurations, XCC (Extreme Core Count) and HCC (High Core Count). The XCC SKUs will feature 16, 18, 28, 32, 36, 38, and up to 40 cores. The HCC SKUs will feature 8, 12, 16, 18, 20, 24, 26, and up to 28 cores. The TDPs will range from 105, 135, 150, 165, 185, 205, 220, 235, 250, and all the way up to 270W for the flagship SKU. The XCC variants with 32, 36, 38, and 40 cores will be configurated at around 205-270W TDPs.

Intel’s Xeon Ice Lake-SP lineup is split between Platinum, Gold, and Silver SKUs. The top SKU is said to be the Xeon Platinum 8380 which would feature 40 cores, a base clock of 2.30 GHz, and a 270W TDP. Compared to AMD’s flagship, we are looking at lower cores and a lower base clock however, Intel’s architecture and process nodes are tuned for higher clock speeds so that might mark a small win for the blue team. Intel is also placing bets on its AVX-512 instruction set and has shown CPU benchmarks where it handily beats AMD’s existing Rome CPUs but only when running applications that fully leverage AVX-512 instructions. Standard applications would not see the same benefit on Intel CPUs.

Intel Xeon SP Families:

Family Branding Skylake-SP Cascade Lake-SP/AP Cooper Lake-SP Ice Lake-SP Sapphire Rapids Emerald Rapids Granite Rapids Diamond Rapids
Process Node 14nm+ 14nm++ 14nm++ 10nm+ 10nm SuperFin? 10nm Enhanced SuperFin? 7nm? sub-7nm?
Platform Name Intel Purley Intel Purley Intel Cedar Island Intel Whitley Intel Eagle Stream Intel Eagle Stream Intel Mountain Stream
Intel Birch Stream
Intel Mountain Stream
Intel Birch Stream
MCP (Multi-Chip Package) SKUs No Yes No No TBD TBD TBD (Possibly Yes) TBD (Possibly Yes)
Socket LGA 3647 LGA 3647 LGA 4189 LGA 4189 LGA 4677 LGA 4677 LGA 4677 TBD
Max Core Count Up To 28 Up To 28 Up To 28 Up To 40 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Max Thread Count Up To 56 Up To 56 Up To 56 Up To 80 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Max L3 Cache 38.5 MB L3 38.5 MB L3 38.5 MB L3 60 MB L3 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Memory Support DDR4-2666 6-Channel DDR4-2933 6-Channel Up To 6-Channel DDR4-3200 Up To 8-Channel DDR4-3200 Up To 8-Channel DDR5-4800 Up To 8-Channel DDR5-5200? TBD TBD
PCIe Gen Support PCIe 3.0 (48 Lanes) PCIe 3.0 (48 Lanes) PCIe 3.0 (48 Lanes) PCIe 4.0 (64 Lanes) PCIe 5.0 PCIe 5.0 PCIe 6.0? PCIe 6.0?
TDP Range 140W-205W 165W-205W 150W-250W 105-270W TBD TBD TBD TBD
3D Xpoint Optane DIMM N/A Apache Pass Barlow Pass Barlow Pass Crow Pass Crow Pass? Donahue Pass? Donahue Pass?
Competition AMD EPYC Naples 14nm AMD EPYC Rome 7nm AMD EPYC Rome 7nm AMD EPYC Milan 7nm+ AMD EPYC Genoa ~5nm AMD Next-Gen EPYC (Post Genoa) AMD Next-Gen EPYC (Post Genoa) AMD Next-Gen EPYC (Post Genoa)
Launch 2017 2018 2020 2021 2021-2022? 2022? 2023? 2024?


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The Ice Lake-SP CPUs will be supported by the Whitley platform that makes use of the LGA 4189 socket (socket P+).  The Whitley platform features 2-way CPU support which will be interconnected with a UPI (Ultra Path Interconnect). The CPUs will be connected to the Intel C620A chipset through DMI & the chipset itself will feature up to 20 PCIe Gen 3 lanes, 10 USB 3.0 ports, and 14 SATA Gen 3 ports. As for the CPUs, they will offer up to 8-channel memory support in DDR4-3200 (1 DPC) or DDR4-2933 (2 DPC) modes. The Ice Lake-SP processors will feature up to 64 PCIe Gen 4.0 lanes.

  • Built-in AI acceleration: The latest 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver the AI performance, productivity, and simplicity that enable customers to unlock more valuable insights from their data. As the only data center CPU with built-in AI acceleration, extensive software optimizations, and turnkey solutions, the new processors make it possible to infuse AI into every application from edge to network to cloud. The latest hardware and software optimizations deliver 74% faster AI performance compared with the prior generation and provide up to 1.5 times higher performance across a broad mix of 20 popular AI workloads versus AMD EPYC 7763 and up to 1.3 times higher performance on a broad mix of 20 popular AI workloads versus Nvidia A100 GPU.
  • Built-in security: With hundreds of research studies and production deployments, plus the ability to be continuously hardened over time, Intel SGX protects sensitive code and data with the smallest potential attack surface within the system. It is now available on 2-socket Xeon Scalable processors with enclaves that can isolate and process up to 1 terabyte of code and data to support the demands of mainstream workloads. Combined with new features, including Intel® Total Memory Encryption and Intel Platform Firmware Resilience, the latest Xeon Scalable processors address today’s most pressing data protection concerns.
  • Built-in crypto acceleration: Intel Crypto Acceleration delivers breakthrough performance across a host of important cryptographic algorithms. Businesses that run encryption-intensive workloads, such as online retailers who process millions of customer transactions per day, can leverage this capability to protect customer data without impacting user response times or overall system performance.

The 2nd Gen Optane DC Persistent memory would be supported on both platforms (Barlow Pass), offering up to 3200 MT/s and 15% bandwidth improvement in a 15W DIMM. Whitley would be able to support up to 3200 MT/s and 4 TB capacity per socket.

The lineup starts with 8 cores and goes all the way up to 40 cores. The lineup is quite confusing if compared to the AMD EPYC parts so you can see the table below to get a sense of what Intel will be offering in its 3rd Gen Xeon Ice Lake-SP stack:

Intel Xeon Ice Lake-SP Server CPU Lineup (Preliminary):

CPU Name Cores / Threads Base Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache L2 Cache TDP
Xeon Platinum 8380 40 / 80 2.30 GHz TBA 60 MB 50.00 MB 270W
Xeon Platinum 8368 38 / 76 2.40 GHz TBA 57 MB 47.50 MB 270W
Xeon Platinum 8360Y 36 / 72 2.40 GHz TBA 54 MB 45.00 MB 250W
Xeon Platinum 8358 32 / 64 2.65 GHz TBA 48 MB 40.00 MB 250W
Xeon Platinum 8358P 32 / 64 2.60 GHz TBA 48 MB 40.00 MB 240W
Xeon Platinum 8352S 32 / 64 2.20 GHz 3.40 GHz 48 MB 40.00 MB 205W
Xeon Platinum 8352Y 32 / 64 2.20 GHz 3.40 GHz 48 MB 40.00 MB 205W
Xeon Platinum 8352V 36 / 72 2.10 GHz TBA 54 MB 45.00 MB 195W
Xeon Platinum 8351N 36 / 72 2.40 GHz 3.60 GHz 54 MB 45.00 MB 225W
Xeon Gold 6354 18 / 36 3.10 GHz TBA 27 MB 22.50 MB 205W
Xeon Gold 6348 28 / 56 2.80 GHz TBA 42 MB 35.00 MB 235W
Xeon Gold 6346 16 / 32 3.10 GHz TBA 24 MB 20.00 MB 205W
Xeon Gold 6342 24 / 48 2.70 GHz TBA 36 MB 30.00 MB 220W
Xeon Gold 6338 32 / 64 2.00 GHz TBA 48 MB 40.00 MB 205W
Xeon Gold 6336Y 24 / 48 2.40 GHz TBA 36 MB 30.00 MB 185W
Xeon Gold 6334 8 / 16 3.50 GHz TBA 12 MB 10.00 MB 165W
Xeon Gold 6330 28 / 56 2.00 GHz TBA 42 MB 35.00 MB 205W
Xeon Gold 6326 16 / 32 2.80 GHz TBA 24 MB 20.00 MB 185W
Xeon Gold 5320 26 / 52 2.20 GHz TBA 39 MB 16.25 MB 185W
Xeon Gold 5318Y 24 / 48 2.00 GHz TBA 36 MB 30.00 MB 165W
Xeon Gold 5317 12 / 24 2.80 GHz TBA 12 MB 15.00 MB 150W
Xeon Gold 5315Y 8 / 16 3.00 GHz TBA 12 MB 10.00 MB 150W
Xeon Silver 4316 20 / 40 2.30 GHz TBA 30 MB 25.00 MB 150W
Xeon Silver 4314 16 / 32 2.30 GHz TBA 24 MB 20.00 MB 135W
Xeon Silver 4310 12 / 24 2.10 GHz TBA 12 MB 15.00 MB 135W
Xeon Silver 4309Y 8 / 16 2.60 GHz TBA 12 MB 10.00 MB 105W

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