Sapphire Rapids 56-core Xeon workstation processor is 47% faster than its predecessor
In a nutshell: A test of the upcoming 56-core Xeon W9-3495X workstation processor has been spotted on Geekbench. The chip showed multi-threading that is 47% higher than Intel’s current flagship Xeon workstation, the 32-core W-3375.
Benchmark result obtained from @BenchLeaks, while the W9-3495X scored 36,990 in the multi-core stress test and 1,284 in the single-core test. While the multi-core results are impressive, single-core performance is a marginal improvement, only 6.6% higher than the Xeon W-3375. As for the Xeon W-3375 Geekbench results, we averaging chip score for all results uploaded to the Geekbench 5 browser.
The Xeon W9-3495X is an upcoming workstation CPU featuring the new Intel Sapphire Rapids server microarchitecture. According to Tom’s equipment this architecture represents a massive improvement over the previous generation Ice Lake hardware, with a 50% increase in core count (from 40 to 60 cores), support for DDR5 memory, PCIe 5.0, and support for other advanced features such as AVX. Instruction set 512, DL Boost and AMX instructions.
For all intents and purposes, Sapphire Rapids is a server and workstation version of Alder Lake, using the same Golden Cove performance cores. But unlike Alder Lake and Raptor Lake, Sapphire Rapids will not use a mixture of P and E cores.
[GB5 CPU] Unknown processor
Processor: Intel Xeon w9-3495X (56C 56T)
Min/Max/Average: 3011/3188/3181 MHz
Codename: Sapphire Thresholds
CPUID: 806F6 (Genuine Intel)
Results compared to AMD 5800X
Single: 1284, -25.7%
Multi: 36990, +244.3%https://t.co/eSiTLPIcUP
— Benchleaks (@BenchLeaks) January 25, 2023
Intel has already started bringing server versions of Sapphire Rapids to market, but is still preparing workstation versions. Workstation models such as the W9-3495X are designed for professionals who need high performance computing in a conventional ATX form factor. The platform will use motherboards based on the W790 chipset based on the LGA 4677 socket. The W9-3495X is the flagship model and one of four overclockable SKUs.
If these Geekbench 5 results are to be believed, the W9-3495X will be a significant upgrade to previous generation Intel Xeon processors, with more cores for much higher multi-threaded performance. Just don’t expect single-threaded workloads to benefit much from the new architecture.
Unfortunately, we can’t make a direct comparison with AMD’s flagship 64-core competitor Threadripper Pro 5995WX and W9-3495X results yet, as the Geekbench benchmarks listed are all over the place. Some are significantly faster or slower than the W9-3495X, while others are much the same. We must emphasize that all this information is based on only one run of Geekbench 5, so take it with a grain of salt. We’ll have to wait for the actual release and third party testing to see how it really works.