Sometime next year, Intel will release Sapphire Rapids processors. They will be based on the Golden Cove architecture and 10nm process technology, will receive an 8-channel DDR5 memory controller, a PCI-E 5.0 controller, and some select models will boast an integrated HBM2E memory buffer of up to 64 GB. Sapphire Rapids will find applications both in servers and in-home computers/workstations of the HEDT class.
Apparently, yesterday’s news item about the release of new Intel HEDT processors only in the second half of next year (that is, 5 years after the previous ones) hit the blue, and the company’s motivated engineers immediately started testing. How else to explain such a lightning-fast appearance of one member of the family in GeekBench?
In particular, a record with the participation of a certain 20-core / 40-thread processor appeared in the benchmark database. It was recognized as “Family 6 Model 143 Stepping 2” and Model 143 is Sapphire Rapids. Other specifications include 40 MB of L2 cache in total (2 MB per core), 75 MB of L3 cache, and a base frequency of 1.5 GHz. The base frequency is very modest, but according to the benchmark, the processor increased the frequency to 4.7 GHz – very good for 20 cores, which are still a year away from release. The system used 32 GB of RAM, presumably of the DDR5 standard.
In its current state, the processor is not very fast. It is 2 times inferior to the 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X in the multi-threaded test. Single-threaded performance is even worse – less than most 5-year-old processors, including mobile ones.