Intel Granite Rapids-AP CPU Pictured

Intel’s new top-of-the-line Granite Rapids CPU(s) draw nearer and nearer as the days pass. We have seen various leaks regarding these CPUs, with some unveiling internal slides from Intel. However, we all look forward to Intel’s Innovation Event in September. At that event, the giant is expected to reveal some more information pertaining to its upcoming products.

Granite Rapids AP Pictured

With Granite Rapids, Intel will move towards the Birch Stream platform. Granite Rapids is expected to launch later next year and may arrive in both SP and AP flavors. GNR-AP (Granite Rapids-AP) will feature higher core counts than the base SP variant. We’ll go into a bit more detail below.

Hardware leaker YuuKi_AnS who seemingly has every processor planned to arrive has, yet again, shared another picture of Intel’s GNR-AP CPU. We are not sure about the exact model, however, this CPU is not small, which we can tell with great certainty.

Intel Granite Rapids AP CPU | YuuKi_AnS

This is an engineering sample of an upcoming GNR-AP CPU. As you can probably tell, it is much larger than your typical LGA 1700 socket CPU. These CPUs will be based on the Intel 3 process node, exclusive to server products. Similarly, these CPUs will feature all performance cores based on the new Redwood Cove architecture.

Granite Rapids will be one of the largest leaps in performance by Intel in over a decade. The AP variants will consist of 3 P-Core tiles, each yielding ~44 cores. That results in a 132-core count for the entire CPU, however, rumors suggest that due to yield constraints, Intel will resort to 120 cores.

Intel Granite Rapids AP Overview | YuuKi_AnS

Alongside that, we do see a lot of segmentation improvements by team blue. GNR-AP and GNR-SP will utilize the same P-core compute tiles, whereas Sierra Forest-SP and GNR-SP are said to share the same socket. In any case, Intel will not face a common problem called ‘SKU Spam‘ where the company develops too many tiles, leading to inefficiency.

General Specifications

Series4th Gen Xeon5th Gen Xeon6th Gen Xeon7th Gen Xeon
CodenameSapphire RapidsEmerald RapidsSierra ForestGranite RapidsClearwater ForestDiamond Rapids
SocketSocket ESocket ETBCTBCTBCTBC
Release Year202320232024202420252025
PlatformEagle StreamEagle StreamBirch StreamBirch StreamTBCTBC
Core µArchGolden CoveRaptor CoveCrestmontRedwood CoveSkymont?Lion Cove
Fabrication NodeIntel 7Intel 7Intel 3Intel 3Intel 18AIntel 18A?
Max Cores5664144 (SP) / 288 (AP)132 (AP) / 88 (SP)TBCTBC
Memory Support8x DDR5-48008x DDR5-5600TBC12x DDR5-6400TBC8x DDR5
HBM Supportup to 64GB HBM2eYesTBCYesTBCYes
PCI ExpressPCIe 5/4, 80 lanesPCIe 5.0, 80 lanesTBCPCIe 5.0TBCPCIe 6.0
CXL SupportGen1Gen1TBCGen2TBCGen3
Vector EnginesAVX-512/FMA2AVX-1024/FMA3?TBCAVX-1024/FMA3?TBCAVX-1024/FMA3?
AMD CounterpartGenoaGenoaBergamoTurinBergamo-NextVenice

Source: YuuKi_AnS


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