Intel 10nm Ice Lake-SP Xeons Arriving Q3 2020 With Up To 38 Cores And 76 Threads

Intel Engineer
Intel kicked off volume shipments over its 10th generation 10nm Ice Lake processors for the consumer laptop market during Q3, and it looks as though roughly a year's time will elapse before we see Ice Lake-based designs arrive for the workstation and server markets (i.e. Xeon processors).

A presentation slide taken from an ASUS IoT seminar gives us a glimpse at what Intel has in store with these Ice Lake-SP processors. For starters, the processors will be paired with the Whitley chipset and will use Socket P+ in 2S configurations.

Intel is planning to make Ice Lake-SP available in up to 38-core/76-thread configurations (per socket) with a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of 270 watts. Other features include support for 64 PCIe 4.0 lanes, 8-channel DDR4-3200 memory (16 DIMMs per socket) and Intel's second-gen Optane DC Persistent Memory. Intel is targeting a Q3 2020 launch for Ice Lake-SP.

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Although Ice Lake-SP is probably the most anticipated server-class chip from Intel, we can't forget about Cooper Lake-SP, which will actually arrive one quarter earlier (Q2 2020). According to the leaked slide, this 14nm++ processor family will also use Socket P+, but will be available in up to 48-core/96-thread configurations (2P). We should mention, however, the Intel has already announced that Cooper Lake-SP will also be available in a 56-core/112-thread configuration as well.

TDP for these processors is rated at higher 300 watts, but they will also support 8-channel DDR4-3200. Cooper Lake-SP, however, misses out on PCIe 4.0 support, and tops out with 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes.

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As exciting as these new chips may be for customers that have been exclusive to Intel-based workstations and servers over the past decade or so, AMD has already one mindshare (and market share) with its family of Zen- and Zen 2-based EPYC processors. First-generation EPYC 7001 processors gave customers just a taste of what AMD is capable of, and the second-generation EPYC 7002 processors have scored major performance (and design) wins.

By the time Cooper Lake-SP and Ice Lake-SP start rolling out next year -- barring any unforeseen delays -- Intel will be staring down the barrel of third-generation Zen 3-based EPYC 7003 processors being produced on TSMC's 7nm+ process node.