Intel’s Sapphire Rapids based Xeon Platinum 8480+ CPU has recently been benchmarked in Geekbench 5.
This isn’t the first time this CPU is being benchmarked. The 8480+ is supposedly Intel’s high end offering for its 4th Gen datacenter series. The specifications and architecture has been buffed up as compared to last-gen targeted at AMD’s Milan CPUs. However, delays have given AMD time to prep up for their EPYC CPUs, which if I’m being honest, kill the competition.
The 8480+ rocks a massive 56 cores and 112 threads, which is a major uplift from last gen’s Xeon Platinum 8380 (40 cores / 80 threads). The newer SKU makes use of the Golden Cove architecture. However, their AMD countepart ‘Milan‘, offers 64 cores and 128 threads and Genoa makes it worse for Intel by increasing this count to 96 cores / 192 threads. Yikes!
As for the cache, the 8480+ features 105MB and 112MB of L3 Cache and L2 Cache respectively for a total of 217MB. For reference, the 8380 featured a total cache of 110MB. Things get worse immediately for Intel , as Milan CPUs have 288MB of cache where Milan-X boosts this upto 800MB. It gets better, the upcoming Genoa CPUs have upto 1248MB of cache in their 3D V-Cache variants. Good luck Intel.
In the test, the 8480+ has a base clock speed of 2.0GHz. Its predecessor, the 8380 had a base clock of 2.3GHz which can be boosted upto 3.4GHz. However, on release the 8480+’s boost clock speed is expected to lie in the 3.0GHz range.
In multi core testing, the 8480+ has a 35% performance lead over the old 8380. It is to noted that the 8480+ has a clock speed of 2.0GHz, whereas the clock speed of the 8380 is 2.3GHz. The final CPU is expected to have a lead of around 40-50% with further optimizations.
To our surprise, the old man strikes once again. Intel’s Xeon Platinum 8380 (old) is around 3% faster than the newer chip, however, it may be due to slower clock speeds on the 8480+. The newer architecture should provide a massive lead to the newer chip, however, the single-core tests say otherwise.
Can Intel beat the Milan CPUs from AMD? That is still yet to be seen. All in all, even if Intel can take a lead against Milan, it wont stand a chance against Genoa from AMD which is a whopping 9x faster in a few leaked benchmarks.