Hardware leaker HXL has shared a number of slides from Intel highlighting future plans. This is one of the most major leaks we’ve seen in a while and is a confirmation of previous rumors and claims.
i9-13900KS & RL-S Non-K
Starting off, the first slide showcases Intel’s reference desktop processors which feature the upcoming i9-13900KS. The i9-13900KS will ship with 24 cores / 32 threads having frequencies up to 6.0GHz with a capable motherboard. Packed with 68MB of cache (36MB of L3 + 32MB of L2), this CPU is almost on par with AMD’s 7950X (80MB) in terms of cache. The power consumption will be at 150W as a base TDP. We expect this CPU to cost around $750.
In addition, the i9-13900 and the i7-13700 will also arrive alongside the 13900KS. A few days ago, two major retailers in Pakistan unexpectedly had listings for Intel’s upcoming RL-S Non-K CPUs. On further inspection, it was revealed that Pakistan received a few shipments which, as you guessed it, had these unannounced and unlaunched CPUs. Read our complete coverage here.
Raptor Lake Refresh In 2023
The next chat shows that Intel will launch the SPR-WS ‘Mainstream’ (W-2400) CPUs prior to the ‘Extreme’ (W-3400) lineup. Similarly, next year we will see the Raptor Lake refreshes arrive in Q3 2022 which confirms our previous leak. These CPUs will be based on Intel’s 10ESF node allowing for higher frequencies. Next up in Q4 2023, the Emerald Rapids-SP CPUs will launch based on the same Eagle Stream platform.
We discussed previously that the SPR-WS ‘Fishhawk Falls’ will arrive in two different flavors, W-2400 and W-3400. The entire lineup for the W-2400 or Mainstream Sapphire Rapids Xeon processors is present below;
For those who want a little more power without spending a fortune on a Scalable Processor, Intel has also introduced the W-3400 ‘Expert Xeon’ lineup.
Starting off with the W9 family, we see the Xeon W9-3495X and the W9-3475X with 56 and 36 cores respectively. Both of these SKUs are based on an MCM design. Similarly, both of these CPUs are overclockable as highlighted by the ‘X’ in their name.
The W7 series consists of 5 different SKUs, namely the Xeon W7-3465X, Xeon W7-3455, Xeon W7-3445, Xeon W7-2495X, and the Xeon W7-2475X. The highest core count offering in this range appears to be 28 cores going as low as 20 cores.
Serving the purpose of a budget-friendly HEDT offering, the mid-ranged W5 family has the most SKUs. The core counts in the W5 lineup range from 16 cores down to 8 cores.
The ‘low-end’ SP-WS family codenamed W3 consists of 2 SKUs both of which feature just 6 cores. What’s interesting is that the Xeon W3-2423 does not support hyperthreading, being limited to just 6 cores / 6 threads.
W-2400 vs W-3400
The main difference between these 2 different categories is the design itself. That is, the 3000-class CPUs will be based on an MCM design whereas the 2000-class CPUs will use the traditional Monolithic design. Furthermore, the 3000-class CPUs will support 8 memory channels along with 112 PCIe lanes. In contrast, the 2000-class CPUs will arrive with support for 4 memory channels and 64 PCIe lanes. That should probably be enough to distinguish between them.
Next year seems packed for Intel with all sorts of products for almost every segment of the market. It seems that Intel has learned from its mistakes by letting AMD grab hold of the workstation market. Though defeating the next-gen Threadrippers will not be an easy task, it will be interesting to see the battle unfold.