Evidence of preparing multi-core Intel Ice Lake for workstations

Evidence of preparing multi-core Intel Ice Lake for workstations


Intel will introduce two server processor families this year: 14nm Cooper Lake and 10nm Ice Lake. Information about several representatives of the latter family was seen on the Web. Moreover, there was reason to believe that Intel will offer similar chips in the near future to ordinary consumers to create high-performance desktop systems (HEDT).

Until now, Ice Lake processors on the new Sunny Cove microarchitecture have been used only in mobile systems. These chips have two or four cores, a total of 512 KB of second-level cache per core and 4 or 8 MB of third-level cache. Existing Ice Lake mobiles have relatively low frequencies, as they are made using the 10-nm process technology of the first generation. Server-based Ice Lake should be manufactured using improved 10-nm technology, like Tiger Lake, so their frequencies will be higher and the number of cores will increase by a multiple.

Therefore, you should not be surprised that the Ice Lake-SP server processor “lit up” in the SiSoftware and Geekbench tests has 24 cores and 48 threads, and also has 1.25 MB of the second level cache per core and 36 MB of the general third level cache. Its base clock frequency is 2.2 GHz, while the maximum Turbo frequency reaches 2.9 GHz.

In the CPU-Z utility database, another version of the “large” Ice Lake-SP was noted, but with already six cores. The chip belongs to this family by the code designation of the Northbredge – Intel ID9A2. The same designation appears in the above records about testing a 24-core chip.

Although Ice Lake-SP is primarily referred to as server CPUs, similar processors may appear in the consumer HEDT segment. For example, according to CPU-Z, the processor was tested on a board with an Intel C621 chipset and one processor socket. In addition to server systems, this chipset is also used in ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme, AORUS C621 Xtreme and EVGA SR-3 Dark motherboards designed to create HEDT systems based on Intel Xeon W-3175X. Perhaps, somehow Intel managed to “make friends” new processors with a fairly long-existing system logic. And it is possible that the version of Ice Lake-SP for workstations appears in the submitted entries.

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