It looks like we can look forward to Intel's new server CPU socket to be LGA 4677 with TE Connectivity, the maker of multiple connectivity solutions (and other gear) for CPU sockets, has unveiled its roadmap for future Intel server processors.
You can see in the image above we have the current-gen LGA 3647, while the new LGA 4189 socket will launch later this year and run through to 2022 in servers -- but at the top you can see the new LGA 4677 socket which will debut with PCIe 5.0 connectivity.
Intel is pushing a big upgrade in the number of pins bet ween the current LGA 3647 socket and even the impending next-gen Xeon CPU socket in LGA 4189... but LGA 4677 takes it up another level, and then adds PCIe 5.0 support on top of that. We should expect memory controller increases in the new LGA 4677 and next-next-gen Intel Xeon CPUs as well as the introduction of the PCIe 5.0 standard.
AMD not too long ago launched the new Ryzen 3000 series, which is the first appearance of Zen 2 and their 7nm chiplet design for the consumer space.
However, it did not take long for rumors to start popping up around Zen 3. AMD is rumored not to follow the same cadence of a new manufacturing tech followed by an optimization cycle. Instead, it is said that AMD will have Zen 3, the next step in Ryzen parts in 2020, and the refresh could make for some significant optimizations and performance jumps.
The block diagram above may be for the server platform, but as we have seen, it can be very telling about the direction and changes we will see from the consumer parts. Simplified this means that unlike the refresh we observed from Ryzen 1000 to 2000 series, we could instead see a jump more akin to the Ryzen 2000 to the Ryzen 3000 lineup. AMD is said to be optimizing the cache hierarchy, along with optimizations for the Infinity Fabric and the clock mesh, which will all come out to over 8% IPC uplift.
Update: We have received an update to this article from official contacts at Intel: "We continue to make great progress on 10nm, and our current roadmap of 10nm products includes desktop."
Intel has been hard at work with 10nm Ice Lake, but if rumors hold, it won't be on your desktop or any other for that matter.
The story which broke from HardwareLUXX shows some slides from the Intel investor day back in May of 2019. Also included are notes from an insider, which has been proven credible in stories from the past paint, quite the bleak picture for 10nm on desktop. The news is not something we wanted to hear by any means. We have all seen the jokes of intel's 14nm+++++++++++++++ process, we even made a few of them.
Unfortunately, it appears that Intel is canceling any plans of their much anticipated 10nm parts for their desktop processor offerings. Intel has supposedly shifted focus to 7nm EUV for this sector, which they are aggressively working on. This is stated to be available around 2022 for those waiting for the replacement to Skylake.
Intel has been muddying up the waters as of recent with their processor stacks. Intel Ice Lake, which is 10nm, is working toward being consumer-available and Comet lake, which is 14nm and also apparently coming soon.
Regardless of your feelings of having potentially confusing naming schemes for Intel's new lineup, which are both labeled 10XXX. There is something to be said for the amount of performance we see thus far.
A benchmark result appeared on the SiSoft Sandra database showing a new Comet Lake entry. The Core i3-10100 is listed as four core and eight threads with an operational speed of 3.6GHz. This is likely omitting whatever turbo boost speeds you may see during regular operation, but time will tell as this SKU comes to light. The really cool part we see here is a quad-core entry into the i3 space, which is also HT enabled for 8 logical processors.
As of right now, this is very much a rumor, so I want to put that out front. However, this lends far more credence to the claim as it has come from several sources over time and seems to be more of a beginning to a realization. Sometimes it is simply not possible, and I have to assume as of the time of writing that is the case.
Word has been coming around over the past month or so, and it's not great for anyone looking at a new platform on the Threadripper front. Especially if you are looking at a new or better motherboard for your existing Threadripper or looking to put a newer chip in your current X399 motherboard.
The new TRX40, which is one of the claimed new chipsets/board monikers for the latest 3rd generation of Ryzen Threadripper from AMD. While AMD always pushes to make a socket or platform last a long time, we have seen issues with X570 where 1st gen Ryzen support was cut in many cases. However, in the case of AM4, older boards could still support the newer chips, at least mostly with a few exceptions across the line.
Intel has just announced that its Kaby Lake-G processor is now EOL (end-of-life) and that the AMD GPU-powered chip seeing Intel issue a Product Change Notification (PCN) that lays out the end-of-life plan for Kaby Lake-G.
Kaby Lake-G saw Intel marry AMD Radeon Vega graphics onto its package, powered by HBM2 memory. It looked delicious, the silicon (probably) smelled delicious, but it just didn't have any impact on the market. OEMs didn't run with it and while the likes of Dell, HP, and even Intel with its own NUCs were powered by Kaby Lake-G, it is now EOL.
Intel eventually started its discrete graphics card hype train with the new Xe graphics architecture, and then scooped up most of the Radeon Technologies Group team including chief architect Raja Koduri and marketing boss Chris Hook.
Intel's next-gen Cascade Lake-X family of CPUs was unveiled lat week, with the new competitors to AMD's Ryzen Threadripper family of CPUs set to be a big one for Intel.
So big that the flagship Core i9-10980XE processor will reportedly rock a huge 5.1GHz all-core boost when cooled with liquid cooling. Intel's new Core i9-10980XE processor has a base CPU clock of 3GHz, Turbo Boost 2.0 clock of 4.6GHz boost, and an all-core boost of 3.8GHz boost under regular cooling.
Intel's EMEA Technical PR Manager, Mark Walton, told PCGamesN: "You can overclock the heck out of these and get some really interesting results. For example, we've had the 10980XE, the eighteen-core processor, up as high as 5.1GHz in the lab using standard liquid cooling. And that, I believe, is all cores".
Last week we revealed a leak about Intel's upcoming 10th generation HEDT processors and their improvements and additions, but there was more to the story than that. Intel also briefed us on upcoming revamped Xeon-W 2200 series CPUs as well as improved pricing on some of their mainstream 9000 series processors.
The new features of the new CPUs include up to 4.8GHz Turbo speeds, up to 1TB of DRAM, which is double the amount of the previous generation, higher DRAM speeds up to 2933MHz, new deep learning ISA, support for Intel's 2.5G LAN controller, and support for Intel's new WIFI 6 controller. The new CPUs will work with the same motherboards the previous generation used.
In regards to performance increases, we see huge improvements especially when it comes to deep learning. Intel's new DL Boost ISA and improved frequencies basically double performance when it comes to AI inference. When it comes to other workloads we see large boosts in editing, rendering, and compiling.
AMD has teased the world with some more news on its next-gen EPYC processors, with the new chips to be based on its next-gen Zen 3 and Zen 4 cores. The news was unleashed at the HPC-AI Advisory Council UK conference.
The new road map shows the current EPYC Rome CPUs going into production in the middle of 2019, which they have -- and are now being installed into datacenters and servers worldwide. The next-gen EPYC 'Milan' CPUs taped out in Q2 2019, and will go into production this time next year (Q3 2020).
EPYC Milan will use Zen 3 cores and be on the same 7nm node with up to 64 cores, and TDPs of between 120-225W depending on the processor. But it's the next-gen Genoa that has us excited, with the new EPYC 'Genoa' chips arriving sometime in 2021 and are in the "definition phase".
At about 2:45PM yesterday, Intel's price slashing was leaked. We were actually at the briefing when it happened, so we will clarify some of the new details with Intel's official slides. For starters, prices are being slashed by up to 50%, which is huge news. However, if you have had experience with Intel's top of the line CPUs over the past decade, their Extreme Edition flagships have always been priced around $1000. It's refreshing to see Intel react to market demand and bring the price down to more normal levels.
The 10th Generation 14-nm i9-10980XE will be their flagship CPU with 18 cores, and all the new CPUs are Cascade Lake-X series. All the CPUs get considerable boosts to their maximum Turbo frequencies, with the 18, 14, and 12 core variants going up to 4.8GHz and the 10-core CPU going to 4.7GHz. When we inquired to the turbo tables Intel told us they would have to get back with us.
We did notice that Intel has dropped their 16-core variant, and we believe this was done due to low demand. Total platform PCI-E lanes have been increased to 72, which is due to the addition of four PCI-E lanes, so the CPUs all have 48 PCI-E lanes instead of 44.