Intel Sapphire Rapids with 20 cores and 40 threads appears on Geekbench

Engineering samples of Intel Sapphire Rapids processors are already on the street, and a 20-core, the 40-thread model has been tested on the Geekbench tool. The 20-core, 40-thread Intel Sapphire Rapids processor is tested in a system that uses a dual-socket configuration. The base clock speed for this model is 1.5 GHz with a boost clock speed of 4.68 / 4.70 GHz, according to Geekbench's JSON.

The Intel Sapphire Rapids are server processors, but there will also be variants for the HEDT segment. The boost clocks seem to be quite high for a 20-core processor, so we don't know if this is a Geekbench bug when it comes to identifying it. In fact, it is not identified as a Sapphire Rapids processor either, but it is identified with the name Family 6 Model 143 Stepping 2, which is known as Sapphire Rapids.

The tested system is the VulcanCity which is equipped with 32GB of memory. The memory type is not specified, but it is probably DDR5. The identified processor cache is 40 MB of L2 cache and 75 MB of L3 cache.

The results do not appear to be very good and in its engineering sample state it is outperformed by a Ryzen 9 5950X, which offers twice the performance in multicore. With a single core, its performance is considerably worse. This has to do with the fact that it is an engineering sample, the retail version should be much higher.

Intel has announced that it's Sapphire Rapids CPUs will go into production in the second quarter of next year, hitting the HEDT segment during 2022.

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