Intel is preparing Fishhawk Falls Refresh HEDT platform

Since the launch of the Cascade Lake-X processors and the Glacier Falls platform, constrained by the then-prevalent 14nm process, Intel had evidently neglected the HEDT platform. Meanwhile, AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper series has been methodically fortifying its dominance in the HEDT arena. There had been long-standing rumors that Intel intended to resurge on the HEDT front by unveiling the Sapphire Rapids HEDT processors and the Fishhawk Falls platform, yet no tangible evidence has emerged.

Recent Intel documentation alludes to the Fishhawk Falls Refresh (FHF-R), hinting at the introduction of novel features. The context seemingly suggests a revised iteration of the platform rather than an update to the processor lineup. Intel is slated to introduce new HEDT processors within the Xeon WX-3500 and Xeon WX-2500 series, with a tentative launch window set for the upcoming year.

The specifics surrounding the Intel Fishhawk Falls Refresh platform remain shrouded in mystery—whether it represents an updated version of Sapphire Rapids or is built upon the subsequent Emerald Rapids remains speculative. The Xeon WX-3500 and Xeon WX-2500 series appear poised to maintain compatibility with the existing W790 motherboards. However, Intel, in tandem with its partners, may likely unveil refreshed versions tailored for the new processors, analogous to the current Z790 motherboards.