Intel Sapphire Rapids Xeon W-3500 & W-2500 Workstation CPU Lineup Leaks Out, Less Impressive Than AMD’s Threadripper

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Intel Sapphire Rapids Xeon W-3500 & W-2500 Workstation CPU Lineup Leaks Out, Less Impressive Than AMD’s Threadripper

Intel will soon release its refreshed Sapphire Rapids Xeon W-3500 & W-2500 workstation CPUs for consumers with slightly updated core counts.

Intel’s Sapphire Rapids Xeon W-3500 & W-2500 Workstation CPUs See A Slight Core Count Bump But Still Lag Behind AMD’s Threadripper Offerings

Just like the Sapphire Rapids Xeon W-3400 and Xeon W-2400 CPU family, the Xeon W-3500 & Xeon W-2500 CPU families will be based on the same Golden Cove P-Core architecture with a slight CPU core count bump. It looks like Intel is giving away the best it has to offer to workstation & HEDT PC consumers before moving to the next-gen series. We already got to see the Xeon W-2500 family in a full spec leak a while back and the flagship Xeon W9-3595X just a few days ago so let’s get into the details of the upcoming lineup.

Starting at the top, we have the Intel Xeon W-3500 “Sapphire Rapids-112L” refresh CPU family, consisting of 7 SKUs including the flagship W9-3595X. The Xeon W9-3595X features a total of 60 cores and 120 threads followed by the Xeon W9-3575X with 44 cores, W7-3565X with 32 cores, W7-3555 with 28 cores, W7-3545 with 24 cores, W5-3535X with 20 cores and W5-3525 with 16 cores. The CPU lineup TDPs range from 290W and up to 350W and feature-based clock speeds range from 2.2 to 3.2 GHz. Each CPU gets a slight core count bump over its predecessor which is shown below:

  • 3595X vs 3495X = + 4 Cores
  • 3575X vs 3475X = + 8 Cores
  • 3565X vs 3465X = + 4 Cores
  • 3555 vs 3455 = + 4 Cores
  • 3545 vs 3445 = + 4 Cores
  • 3535X vs 3435X = + 4 Cores
  • 3525 vs 3425 = + 4 Cores
Image Source: Momomo_US

You can see that all of the Intel Xeon W-3500 SKUs except the W9-3575X feature a core count uplift of 4 cores while the Xeon W9-3575X features an increase of 8 cores. The increased core count also gives a small cache count increase.

Moving over to the Intel Xeon W-2500 “Sapphire Rapids-64L” refresh CPU family, we have at least 7 SKUs listed in the leak. Starting at the top, we have the Xeon W7-2595X with 26 cores, W7-2575X with 22 cores, W5-2565X with 18 cores, Xeon W5-2555X with 14 cores, Xeon W5-2545 with 12 cores, Xeon W3-2535 with 10 cores, and the Xeon W3-2525 with 8 cores. These chips have TDPs ranging from 175W and up to 250W with clocks ranging from 2.8 GHz and up to 3.5 GHz. Just like the Xeon W-3500 lineup, the Xeon W-2500 family also gets a core count bump though not as significant as the 3500 parts as seen below:

  • 2595X vs 2495X = + 2 Cores
  • 2575X vs 2475X = + 4 Cores
  • 2565X vs 2465X = + 2 Cores
  • 2555X vs 2455X = + 2 Cores
  • 2545 vs 2445 = + 2 Cores
  • 2535 vs 2435 = + 2 Cores
  • 2525 vs 2425 = + 2 Cores
Image Source: Momomo_US

All SKUs get a nominal 2-core count uplift while the Xeon W7-2575X features a 4-core increase. All CPUs will be compatible with existing W790 HEDT and workstation motherboards with support of DDR5-4800 memory. The “X” SKUs will enable overclocking support and feature higher boost clock speeds. Since this is a refresh, we can expect Intel to price its Xeon W-3500 and Xeon W-2500 CPU family close to the existing W-3400 and W-2400 SKUs.

For a comparison perspective, AMD’s Threadripper families are still the more disruptive platform, offering up to 96 cores, 192 threads, faster DDR5 memory support, unlocked OC design across all SKUs, an insane amount of Gen5 PCIe lanes and other I/O and great support on the TRX90 and the WRX90 motherboard platforms. AMD Threadripper CPUs also offer much better multi-threaded & general efficiency in workstation/HEDT-oriented tasks versus existing Intel Sapphire Rapids Xeon offerings so it is unlikely that this refresh is going to change things much in the workstation field.

Intel Sapphire Rapids Refresh Xeon W-3500 & W-2500 CPU Family

CPU Name Family Architecture Process Node Cores / Threads Base Clock Max Boost (TB 3.0) L3 Cache Memory Support Max PCIe Gen5 Lanes TDP (PL1 / PL2) RCP
Xeon W9-3595X Xeon W-3500 Golden Cove (Chiplet) 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ 60/120 2.2 GHz TBD 112 MB DDR5-4800 112 Gen 5 350W TBD
Xeon W9-3575X Xeon W-3500 Golden Cove (Chiplet) 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ 44/88 2.2 GHz TBD 97.5 MB DDR5-4800 112 Gen 5 340W TBD
Xeon W7-3565X Xeon W-3500 Golden Cove (Chiplet) 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ 32/64 2.5 GHz TBD 82.5 MB DDR5-4800 112 Gen 5 335W TBD
Xeon W7-3555 Xeon W-3500 Golden Cove (Chiplet) 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ 28/56 2.7 GHz TBD 75.0 MB DDR5-4800 112 Gen 5 325W TBD
Xeon W7-3545 Xeon W-3500 Golden Cove (Chiplet) 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ 24/48 2.7 GHz TBD 67.5 MB DDR5-4800 112 Gen 5 310W TBD
Xeon W7-3535X Xeon W-3500 Golden Cove (Chiplet) 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ 20/40 2.9 GHz TBD 52.5 MB DDR5-4800 112 Gen 5 300W TBD
Xeon W5-3525 Xeon W-3500 Golden Cove (Chiplet) 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ 16/32 3.2 GHz TBD 45.0 MB DDR5-4800 112 Gen 5 290W TBD
Xeon W7-2595X Xeon W-2500 Golden Cove (Mono) 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ 26/52 2.8 GHz 4.8 GHz 48.7 MB DDR5-4800 64 Gen 5 250W TBD
Xeon W7-2575X Xeon W-2500 Golden Cove (Mono) 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ 22/44 3.0 GHz 4.8 GHz 45.0 MB DDR5-4800 64 Gen 5 240W TBD
Xeon W7-2565X Xeon W-2500 Golden Cove (Mono) 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ 18/36 3.2 GHz 4.8 GHz 37.5 MB DDR5-4800 64 Gen 5 240W TBD
Xeon W5-2555X Xeon W-2500 Golden Cove (Mono) 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ 14/28 3.3 GHz 4.8 GHz 33.7 MB DDR5-4800 64 Gen 5 210W TBD
Xeon W5-2545 Xeon W-2500 Golden Cove (Mono) 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ 12/24 3.5 GHz 4.7 GHz 30.0 MB DDR5-4800 64 Gen 5 210W TBD
Xeon W3-2535 Xeon W-2500 Golden Cove (Mono) 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ 10/20 3.5 GHz 4.6 GHz 26.2 MB DDR5-4800 64 Gen 5 185W TBD
Xeon W3-2525 Xeon W-2500 Golden Cove (Mono) 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ 8/16 3.5 GHz 4.5 GHz 22.5 MB DDR5-4800 64 Gen 5 175W TBD

News Sources: Momomo_US #1, #2

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