A few months ago, Intel declared that it is going to launch a 48-core Xeon processor. And now, the company has introduced a new moderate chip named Xeon Cascade Lake Advanced Performance chip constituting 112 cores and 56 cores threads.
Moreover, this chip is also compatible with Intel Optane DC memories, which is yet another exciting thing.
Here I am quoting about the second generation of the Xeon Scalable family, which is further categorized into Xeon Silver, Xeon Bronze, Xeon Platinum, and Xeon Gold.
Except for the Bronze series, which only contain Xeon Bronze 3204, every other line contain numerous chips.
We can somewhat call it an enhancement as the company has been keen to provide a wide range of applications.
Some of them are subjected to provide a large amount of RAM to users while others to target network orientation.
Apparently, the company has released a 56-core Cascade Lake, which seems to be very powerful. This model belongs to Platinum 9200 series and it is available in the following four options:
Intel Xeon Platinum 9282:
- 56 cores, 112 threads, 2.6 GHz frequency (maximum 3.8 GHz), 77 MB L3 cache, 400W TDP.
Intel Xeon Platinum 9242:
- 48 cores, 96 threads, 2.3 GHz frequency (maximum 3.8 GHz), 71.5 MB L3 cache, 350W TDP.
Intel Xeon Platinum 9222:
- 32 cores, 64 threads, 2.3 GHz frequency (maximum 3.7 GHz), 71.5 MB L3 cache, 250W TDP.
Intel Xeon Platinum 9221:
- 32 cores, 64 threads, 2.1 GHz frequency (maximum 3.7 GHz), 71.5 MB L3 cache, 250W TDP.
All of these are subjected to be used with servers or applications as they require a lot of performance. Intel has prescribed a good liquid cooling system for the Xeon Platinum 9282 as it contains 400 TDP.
For providing numerous cores in one chip, Intel has used Multi-Chip Module (MCM) approach.
And in this case, the Xeon Platinum 9282 contains two dies, both having 28 core Cascade Lake XCC chips.
Therefore, the combination of these two dies will allow the processor to access 12 channels of DDR4 memory of 2933MHz.
So, a dual socket server having this chip can add up to 3TRAM and moreover, it can transfer memory up to 407GB/s.
No Structural changes have been made by the company, this new chip constitutes the same Purley platform having 14nm + 14nm Skylake architecture.
According to the company, this optimization has clearly increased the power of the chips by 30% as compared to older versions.
Other specifications include DDR4 memory of 2933MHz and a single chip of 1.5TB RAM, therefore a dual socket collectively makes 3TB of RAM.
It is also compatible with Optane DC persistent memory DIMMs. It is just because the data remains in the modules even when the computer is powered off, therefore it will be helpful in loading data faster during the boot process.
Let us just discuss the price tag. Unfortunately, the company did not post anything about the price of 56 core processor. But it is expected that this new Platinum 8280 can cost you around $10,000 or so on.