INTEL HAS UPPED its game in the core wars and with the launch of a Xeon processor that sports a massive 56 cores and 112 threads.
Built on Intel's Cascade Lake server-grade CPU architecture, which supersedes the Skylake architecture, the Xeon Platinum 9282 looks to be one monster of a CPU.
Not only does it comes stuffed with cores and threads, but it also sports a base clock speed of 2.6GHz that can turbo boost to 3.8GHz, as well as 77MB cache and thermal design power of 400W.
Other core-heavy Xeon chips will make up Intel's new 9200 series, ranging from the Platinum 9221 with 32 cores and going up to the 56-core processor; in the middle sits the Platinum 9242 with 48 cores and 96 threads.
There's no word on pricing or firmed up release dates, but these processors are very much business-orientated and will likely cost a pretty penny. Expect to see the chips in data centre servers or in very high-grade workstation machines.
So in a nutshell, unless you're running a business that needs powerful data centre-class CPUs, these processors aren't for you.
But they do hint at the direction Intel could be taking with its next-gen CPUs. AMD has previously been the king of cores, plonking as many as it could into its Ryzen and Threadripper processors. Now Intel looks to be following suit, after a fashion.
Enthusiast 'Extreme' takes on Core processors could use the Cascade Lake architecture much in the same way the Core i9-9980XE Extreme Edition uses the Skylake-X. While we don't expect to see next-gen run-of-the-mill Core chips come with masses of cores, we would place a tentative bet that special edition processors from Intel will go heavy on the cores and threads.
We also expect AMD will retort with its the Ryzen and Threadripper CPUs it'll build on its Zen 2 architecture, so expect processors with loads of cores at their core some point this year and the next. µ
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