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Intel Unleashes 3rd Generation Xeon CPUs Based on Ice Lake SP


Ice Lake-SP is finally ready for prime time. Intel’s latest server CPU will debut in-market to power Intel’s 3rd Generation of Xeon Scalable processors, and close some performance gaps vis-a-vis AMD’s Epyc family.

Intel’s 2nd Generation Xeon Scalable family debuted almost exactly two years ago, only to be run over by AMD’s Epyc a few months later. While Intel still held an edge in specific workloads and scenarios, AMD’s ability to pack up to 64 cores in a socket, combined with features such as PCIe 4.0 support, has boosted the company’s server market share. AMD’s third-generation Epyc CPUs (codename Milan) debuted back in mid-March, and now we’ve got Ice Lake-SP to answer it.

Ice Lake-SP offers up to 40 CPU cores (an increase of 1.42x compared with top-end Cascade Lake), with TDPs ranging from 85W – 270W. Typical L3 cache ...


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