Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Intel’s Ice Lake-SP Xeon appears in an early benchmark, is on par with Core i9-10900K in single-core results

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Intel’s upcoming Ice Lake-SP Xeon line-up will be released next year, but recently a series of benchmark results of the processor has been leaked. The results show the CPU having 14 cores and 28 threads. The processor is based on Intel’s new Ice Lake 10nm+’ Sunny Cove’ core architecture.

According to sources, the CPU which appeared on the benchmark is an early engineering state model. It features 14 cores and 28 threads, along with 17.5 MB of L2 and 21 MB of L3 cache onboard. Reports claim that the chip has a base clock of 2.0 GHz and a boost clock of 4.0 GHz. But the actual boost operating range of the CPU is between 1.8 to 2.0 GHz when operating on all cores.

The Xeon Silver Ice Lake-SP CPU comes with a TDP of 165W. It has a maximum operating temperature range of 105C. According to sources, the chip is a part of the Xeon Silver 4300 line-up and could be used in the LGA 4189-5 socket.

On the benchmark results, the Intel Ice Lake-SP Xeon CPU scores a decent 553.1 points in a single-core and 10038.4 points in the multi-core test. However, it’s single-core results put the chip neck-to-neck with a Core i9-10900K. the Core i9-10900K is reportedly Intel’s fastest gaming chip that boosts up to 5.3 GHz. In terms of multi-core tests, the Xeon-SP ES CPU is about as fast as the Ryzen 9 3950X, which is a 16 core and 32 thread part.

However, since the benchmark platform CPU-z version uses AVX-512, it could have been a major contributor to Intel’s performance boost. Without the support of AVX-512 acceleration, Intel’s Ice Lake-SP Xeon ES CPU is much slower, scoring just 371.6 points in single-core and 6363 points in multi-threaded tests.

Major features of 10nm+ Ice Lake-SP Xeon CPU includes:

  • 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
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It would be worth seeing how the new chip from Intel would fair against AMD’s beast of a processor; it’s 7nm based EPYC Milan line-up that has it’s brand new 7nm Zen 3 core architecture.


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Nivedita Bangari
I am a software engineer by profession and technology is my love, learning and playing with new technologies is my passion.


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