After Intel released the Glacier Falls platform of the Cascade Lake-X processor, there has been no news of its next-generation products for a long time. It seems that Intel has temporarily abandoned the HEDT platform. On the other hand, AMD
launched the Ryzen Threadripper Pro processor based on the Zen 2 architecture after launching the Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series processor. The memory channel has been expanded from four channels to eight channels, and the number of PCIe 4.0 channels has been expanded from 64 to 128, further consolidating the leading advantage on the HEDT platform.
According to VideoCardz reports, Intel’s HEDT platform roadmap has been exposed recently, which involves the Sapphire Rapids HEDT processor, the next-generation product of Cascade Lake-X. On the new-generation HEDT platform, the chipset will no longer use the “X” prefix, but will become “W”. The roadmap shows that W790 will be the matching chipset.
It is understood that the next generation of high-end Alder Lake-S processors may use “X” instead of the traditional “K” suffix, which means that Sapphire Rapids HEDT processors may also have a new suffix instead of “X”. It is “W”.
Intel’s roadmap shows that the new HEDT platform may be launched simultaneously with the 13th-generation Core series processor platform, that is, Raptor Lake and the supporting 700 series chipset. AMD is expected to launch the Ryzen Threadripper 5000 series processor code-named Chagal in the third quarter of 2021. I believe this product based on the Zen 3 architecture will not have any competitive pressure until Intel’s new HEDT platform comes out next year.