At this point, AMD has established a strong presence in the DIY and desktop markets, significantly reducing Intel’s shares to a decade low. However, it’s easy to forget how massive Intel really is as a company. It appears that Team Blue is preparing to strike back against AMD’s Epyc Rome processors in the server market with the 10nm Ice Lake SP parts. A Geekbench result of a 12 core Ice Lake part has surfaced that seems to pack some serious firepower. We have the Geekbench score of the next-gen Ice Lake Xeon chip here:
Comparing the new 12-core Ice Lake Xeon, we can see some serious gains, both in terms of single-core as well as multi-core performance. While the former is slightly lower, it’s important to note that this is an Engineering Sample running at a much lower clock speed than retail. The final boost clock for the Ice Lake chip will be between 3.5-4 GHz and at that speed, it’ll definitely overtake its predecessor.
The multi-core performance is even more impressive. Despite being clocked significantly lower, the Ice Lake CPU is nearly twice as fast compared to the older Cascade Lake Gold 6226. Looking at the specs of the two chips side-by-side, Intel has surprisingly cut down on the L3 cache while the L2 and L1 cache sizes have been increased by 0.25 MB and 15 KB, per core.
The Ice Lake and Cooper Lake server lineups will leverage the new Whitley platform. The former will pack as many as 28 cores while the latter will top out at around 48-56 cores. Although Ice Lake will be based on the newer 10nm node, Cooper Lake will leverage the older 14nm process.
This is an encouraging development. Intel is planning to launch the Ice Lake and Cooper Lake server CPUs around mid-2020. That means the announcement will come at Computex 2020. Unfortunately, the next-gen desktop lineup will still leverage the 14nm node in the form of Comet Lake-S. Higher clock speeds paired with hyperthreading can only take you so far. Regardless, we’re still curious about the MSRP. In the end, it’ll be the retail prices that will be the deciding factors.