A prominent leaker by the name of YuuKi_AnS has published benchmark data that appears to offer a glimpse into the performance of Intel’s upcoming Sapphire Rapids server processors.
As reported by our sister site Tom’s hardware (opens in new tab)the leaked data paints a disturbing picture for Intel, whose next-generation processors are apparently unable to compete with AMD EPYC chips already on the market.
Presumably based on testing of new 52- and 60-core Sapphire Rapids CPUs with high-bandwidth memory (HBM) onboard, the leaked materials indicate significant performance gains from generation to generation (particularly for bandwidth-constrained workloads). But nevertheless, AMD’s flagship models are still in the lead.
Intel Xeon Sapphire Rapids delays
As AMD and other rivals continue to accelerate in the data center market, Intel’s new line of Sapphire Rapids processors has faced setback after setback and the company is still struggling to bring the chips to the mass market.
The Sapphire Rapids rollout was interrupted by repeated delays. Originally slated to launch in 2021, the new Xeon chips were first delayed to early 2022 and then to the middle and end of the year.
The company delivered on its promise to put the new chips in the hands of select customers in Q1, but it now looks like most will have to wait until the end of Q1 2023 to access the silicon. .
The news that next-generation Intel Xeon chips, when they arrive, may not outperform existing chips from AMD is the icing on the already unsavory cake.
Last week, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger gave an interview that suggested he is well aware of the struggle his company now faces in the data center market, where he expects to continue to lose market share in the coming years.
Gelsinger suggested that while Intel’s products will remain competitive, the company will not regain true leadership status until the arrival of its Sierra Forest processors in 2024.
The new line will benefit from high levels of power efficiency and increased core count, which Intel hopes will help stall the advance of Arm-based chips (such as AWS’s Graviton series) and processors from its x86 competitors. to ward off.
TechRadar Pro has asked Intel to confirm the accuracy of the leaked performance data for its upcoming line of Sapphire Rapids CPUs.