Intel Teases Ponte Vecchio Module With Water Block

Intel Teases Ponte Vecchio Module With Water Block

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Over the past few months, we have seen two out of three 2022 compute GPUs for AI and HPC applications from leading developers — AMD’s Instinct MI250X OAM module based on the codenamed Aldebaran dual-tile GPU as well as Nvidia’s H100 SXM5 module featuring the GH100 GPU. Time to meet the third contender — Intel’s Ponte Vecchio.

Last week Intel confirmed that it had started sampling its Ponte Vecchio compute GPU for artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing (HPC) applications with customers without any elaborations. However, this week Mikael Moreau, an Intel PR manager for Western Europe, posted a picture of Intel’s Ponte Vecchio module with a cooling system on Twitter, which confirms that these parts have shipped outside Intel’s labs in the U.S. 

Intel’s Ponte Vecchio is the company’s upcoming flagship compute GPU that sports a design with around 47 tiles that contain 100 billion transistors in total. Naturally, these transistors want power, and a Ponte Vecchio OAM compute module will consume about 600W, which requires liquid cooling. We have already seen Ponte Vecchio with a pre-production water block, but the real one certainly looks considerably more compact and only needs one input and output for liquid.

(Image credit: Intel PR over Twitter)

Meanwhile, the Intel representative did not say whether he showcased a regular or XT version of Ponte Vecchio, which offers higher performance at the cost of higher power consumption and extra heat.

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