Intel’s Sapphire Rapids, Workstation Xeon flagship, has been spotted over at the Geekbench 5 database. This is the successor to Cascade Lake-X, which was a glorious mess. The SKU in question is the Xeon W9-3495X featuring 56 cores and 112 threads. Unlike Raptor Lake, we’re looking at purely P-cores (Golden Cove) paired with 105MB of L3 cache. The CPU has a boost clock of 4.8GHz and can be paired with DDR5-4800 memory.
The Sapphire Rapids Workstation processors will be derived from the Xeon Scalable chips, featuring a chiplet design with 4 disaggregated dies. Part of the Fishhawk Falls platform, it leverages the W790 chipset and goes up against AMD’s Threadripper PRO 5000 lineup.
Unfortunately for Intel, AMD’s core advantage still holds. The fastest Threadripper features 8 more cores than the Xeon W9-3495X. We’re talking about a delta of 4-5K points in Geekbench 5. While the 3495X scores 37,000 points, the Threadripper PRO 5995WX can score over 40,000.
The Sapphire Rapids Xeon Workstation lineup is expected to launch on the 15th of February next month. Like the Core lineup, Intel has assigned a four-tier nomenclature to its HEDT family. Starting with the W3 lineup with 6 cores, you can buy W5 SKUs with 16 cores, W7 chips with 20-28 cores, and W9 consisting of the Xeon W9-3495X and the W9-3475X with 56 and 36 cores, respectively.