It was reported last year that Intel intends to make a comeback on the HEDT platform in 2022, launching the Sapphire Rapids HEDT processor and the Fishhawk Falls platform, which is estimated to be in the third quarter of 2022. Since the release of the Cascade Lake-X processor and the Galcier Falls platform, Intel, which was constrained by the 14nm process at the time, has long since ignored the HEDT platform. Over the past period, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper
series has been steady, further consolidating its lead on the HEDT platform.
Recently, a new workstation processor called Xeon W5-3433 appeared
in the SiSoftware database, equipped with 16 cores and 32 threads, with 32MB of L2 cache, and 45MB of L3 cache. It operates at 1.99 GHz and should be an engineering sample. According to the page, it belongs to the Intel Fishhawk Falls platform product.
According to the information exposed last year, on Intel’s new generation of HEDT platform, the Sapphire Rapids HEDT processor may have a new suffix, no longer “X” but “W”. It will be equipped with up to 56 cores and 112 threads, use the LGA 4677 socket, and support PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 memory. The supporting chipset also no longer uses the “X” prefix, but instead becomes “W”, and the new processor corresponds to the W790 chipset.
This means that Intel is likely to drop the nomenclature of the Core-X series entirely and group it all into Xeon-enabled models. According to Intel’s roadmap, the new HEDT platform may be launched simultaneously with the platform of the 13th generation Core series processors, namely Raptor Lake and the supporting 700 series chipsets.