A well-known leaker named YuuKi_AnS has posted benchmarks that appear to give a glimpse into the performance of Intel’s upcoming Sapphire Rapids server processors.
As reported by our sister site Tom’s hardware (opens in new tab)the leaked data paints a worrying picture for Intel, whose next-generation processors apparently cannot compete in terms of performance with the AMD EPYC chips already on the market.
Likely based on tests of new 52- and 60-core Sapphire Rapids processors with built-in high-bandwidth memory (HBM), the leaked materials highlight significant performance increases from generation to generation (especially for bandwidth-constrained workloads). But despite this, AMD’s best models still hold the lead.
Intel Xeon Sapphire Rapids Lags
As AMD and other competitors continue to accelerate in the data center market, Intel’s new line of Sapphire Rapids processors has suffered setback after setback, and the company is still struggling to bring the chips to the mass market.
Sapphire Rapids’ rollout has been marred by repeated delays. Originally scheduled for release in 2021, the new Xeon chips were first pushed back to early 2022, then to the middle and end of the year.
The company made good on its promise to get the new chips into the hands of select customers in Q1, but it now looks like most will have to wait until the end of Q1 2023 to get access to the silicon.
The news that the next-generation Intel Xeon chips, when they arrive, may not be able to outperform existing AMD chips is icing on an already unappetizing cake.
Last week, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger gave an interview that suggests he’s fully aware of the struggles his company now faces in the data center market, where he expects to continue losing share over the next few years.
Gelsinger suggested that while Intel’s products will continue to be competitive, the company won’t regain true leadership status until its Sierra Forest processors arrive in 2024.
The new line will benefit from a high level of power efficiency and higher core counts, which Intel hopes will help fend off the advance of Arm-based chips (such as AWS’s Graviton series) as well as processors from its x86 competitors.
TechRadar Pro has asked Intel to confirm the accuracy of leaked performance data for its upcoming Sapphire Rapids line of processors.