Sapphire Rapids Arrives
Intel announced their new desktop workstation processors yesterday, with the Xeon W-3400 and Xeon W-2400 series parts. The flagship is the Xeon w9-3495X, a 56-core, 112-thread monster that Intel calls their “most powerful desktop workstation processor ever designed”. These CPUs feature Intel’s Sapphire Rapids architecture, built with “new embedded multi-die interconnect bridge (EMIB) packaging”.
More than a compute upgrade, the overall platform for these new processors has been greatly improved compared to previous generations, with up to 112 PCIe 5.0 lanes (W-3400) and 8-channel DDR5 RDIMM support (up to 4 TB) among the standout features.