Today, the first photos of the 4th generation Intel Xeon 10nm processor (codenamed “Sapphire Rapids”) designed for the LGA4677-X socket surfaced on the Internet. Images of the processor labeled QVV5 were published by the well-known insider YuuKi-AnS.
This engineering sample has a base frequency of 1300MHz (which is fairly typical of early samples). The insider himself claims that this CPU will use four computing cores and four HBM memory stacks with an unknown size.
Intel Xeon Sapphire Rapids SP belongs to the Eagle Stream platform. In this series of chips, Intel uses the third, most mature generation of the 10nm process technology with a code called “10nm Enhanced SuperFin”.
According to the available information, Intel Sapphire Rapids chips will have at their disposal onboard HBM memory and the advanced Compute Express Link 1.1 data transfer protocol (which is based on the physical version of PCI Express). More importantly, the new LGA4677-X will be the first Intel server processor to support the latest PCI Express 5.0 data transfer standard.
In terms of RAM, Sapphire Rapids will be the first Intel server architecture to support DDR5 memory. At the moment, there are rumors that the next generation of Xeon chips will support 8-channel DDR5 memory.