Intel’s upcoming Xeon Ice Lake-SP processors are all set to launch in the coming weeks. Like most of the company’s products, the specifications have been floating around for a while now. The 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable lineup will feature a maximum of 40 cores and 80 threads with an L3 cache of 60 MB. The stack will start from 16 cores/32 threads and offer 18, 28, 32, 36, 38, and 40 core variants with quad-channel -3200 memory, 64 PCIe 4.0 lanes, etc.
One of the channel partners has leaked out the pricing of these chips and it looks like Intel has significantly reduced its margins to keep up with AMD’s Epyc Milan lineup. The pricing is roughly the same as the competing Rome/Milan parts with a starting price of €2,000-3000 for the Xeon Gold parts and the Platinum models going as high as €9,000. (rundmc.com) Keep in mind that these prices are excluding the taxes, so the final retail price will be a bit higher. Either way, it’s nice to see that Intel has brought down the prices in line with the competition despite it being a brand new architecture and process node (relatively speaking).