Intel is widely known for its Core i3, i5, i7, and i9 processors for PCs and laptops. However, the company also offers a range of high-performance Xeon processors targeted at servers and data centers. Despite having up to 56 cores in their current top-of-the-line offerings, Intel still struggles to compete with AMD. New information has now emerged about the 5th generation Intel Xeon Emerald Rapids processors, which deliver a 40% performance increase in AI compared to the current generation.
Intel Xeon processors are primarily intended for servers, but they are also familiar to many gamers. Older Intel Xeon processors can be purchased for a fraction of their original price. Although they have a low IPC by current standards, their large number of cores and affordable prices make them appealing for gaming, rendering, and programs that take advantage of all available cores. These Xeon CPUs are approximately a decade old, making them far behind the current generation.
The Xeon Emerald Rapids CPUs will boast up to 64 cores focused on AI
The latest Xeon processors are part of the 4th generation Sapphire Rapids lineup, featuring the top-of-the-line Xeon W9-3495X with 56 cores and a price tag of nearly $6,000. Despite being Intel’s fastest CPU to date, it will be completely surpassed by the new generation. Leaked Intel slides reveal Xeon Emerald Rapids CPUs with an impressive performance improvement of up to 40% in AI-related tasks.
Firstly, the new architecture promises an increased core count. The flagship Xeon Emerald Rapids model will be the 8592+, featuring 64 cores, 128 threads, and a massive 480 MB L3 cache. These 5th generation Xeon processors will use a two-tile configuration instead of the current four-tile setup. They will support CXL types 1, 2, and 3, faster UPI speeds, up to 80 PCIe 5.0 lanes, and faster RAM at 5600 MHz.
These CPUs achieve up to 17% better performance per watt
In addition to the aforementioned improvements, an optimized energy mode will achieve up to 17% more performance per watt consumed. Thanks to the Intel Accelerator Engine-compatible cores with the latest Advanced Matrix Extensions (AMX), the Emerald Rapids CPUs will offer greater efficiency and performance, especially in AI. According to the slides, web tasks, high-performance computing, and FFMPEG transcoding will see improvements of around 20%.
Looking at AI performance, improvements of up to 40% can be observed compared to the previous Intel Xeon Sapphire Rapids generation. Natural language processing tasks and recommendation algorithms will also experience improvements. Other changes include the ability to move up to 70% more data thanks to Intel DSA, along with a significant enhancement in network security due to Intel QAT.
This article was originally titled “Intel unveils the performance of its new Xeon Emerald Rapids CPUs: +17% in performance per watt and 40% faster in AI” and published on El Chapuzas Informático.