Literally a moment ago, the blocked consumer processors from the Intel Alder Lake-S family made their debut on the market. And although they have attracted the attention of consumers with their performance and new products, such as big.LITTLE architecture, 10 nm lithography or support for DDR5 RAM modules and PCIe 5.0 interface, enthusiasts reading PurePC realize that both the Blue and the Reds are getting ready for the premiere of the next CPU. One of them will be the server Intel Sapphire Rapids Xeon, which … are now available on the black market! This is what der8auer did by acquiring a 56-core unit. As befits him, he immediately started delid, i.e. removing the metal heat radiator (IHS).
Intel is also working on the Sapphire Rapids-X family, which will be the long-awaited return of the Blue to the HEDT segment.
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Roman “der8auer” Hartung is a famous German overclocker and mechatronics engineer who designs and manufactures delid and extreme OC accessories. A new video has appeared on his channel on the YouTube platform, in which he presents a processor from the Intel Sapphire Rapids Xeon family created for servers, purchased on ebay. It is a 56 core engineering unit labeled “Xeon vPRO XCC QWP3”. Unfortunately, Roman did not have a board with an LGA 4677 socket to check its exact specification. However, it did not prevent him from taking off the metal heat radiator and looking under the IHS.
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The whole operation was difficult due to the size of the IHS and the capacitors placed on the edges of the laminate, and the processor was damaged during it. In addition to using the proprietary delider, it was also necessary to heat the entire CPU and use a razor blade. Inside, we find a modular structure, where the EMIB technology is connected to four cores. After baking the processor in the oven, they were able to separate them from the PCB. This allowed us to establish that each of the silicon elements can theoretically accommodate up to 15 cores, giving us a total of a unit with 60 cores. Intel, however, decided to limit the number of active cores to 56 in order to increase the yield. You can see more in the video at the very bottom of the publication.
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Finally, it is worth emphasizing that the Sapphire Rapids architecture will be available not only in servers and enterprise-class solutions, but will also go to ordinary mortals. Intel is working on the Sapphire Rapids-X family, which will be the long-awaited return of the Blue to the HEDT segment. The premiere is planned in the period in which we will also see the first consumer Intel Raptor Lake processors. So we are probably talking about the end of 2022. So far, the exact specification – cores, threads, clocks, TDP – remains a mystery.