In the context: Intel first announced the Sapphire Rapids Xeon line of processors at the end of 2019 and has been releasing little information about them since then. With up to 56 cores and built-in memory, they will be the most powerful and huge Intel processors to date.

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Intel has been continuously updating related enterprise software in preparation for Sapphire Rapids for over a year now. Some of this software is open source, and source of small leaks. Trawler last week found a link to an unknown processor download log Linux kernels, Intel W9-3495.

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First, the name: Intel uses “W” for their workstation processors, such as the W-3375. It hasn’t put the numbers after the “W” yet, so it could mean a few things, but it’s very similar to the nomenclature used by the Core series – i5, i7, i9. This may mean the existence of similar W7 or W5 processors with fewer cores.

Secondly, characteristics. The boot log says the W9-3495 has 56 cores/112 threads and a base clock of 1.8 GHz (probably not final). It lists the AMX and AVX-512 instructions as CPU functions.

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However, it doesn’t say if the W9-3495 has the 64GB HBM2e onboard memory that Sapphire Rapids is famous for, and I’m willing to bet it won’t. It’s prohibitively expensive, and also something that Intel will reserve for its flagship data center processors as a selling point.

However, Intel workstation processors generally have most of the features of their server counterparts. If the W9-3495 is no exception, it will have eight DDR5 lanes and a mix of PCIe 5.0 and PCIe 4.0 lanes for a total of 80. It will definitely use Willow Cove architecture and an Intel 7 node (rebranded 10nm Enhanced SuperFin Mouthful node). ) and a new LGA4677-X socket.

It will also be a mile above Intel’s current offerings. Today’s flagship workstation is the W-3375, which has a total of 38 cores/76 threads and uses late 2019 Ice Lake architecture and a first generation 10nm node. It’s also stuck with DDR4 and PCIe 4.0. It costs a whopping $4,499 – oops – and is really only available through OEMs, a fate that the W9-3495 will hopefully avoid.