Intel Xeon Platinum 9282 - Did Intel Just Created An AMD Epyc Processor?
When AMD introduced the Zen architecture, it attracted many critics from Intel, as Epyc AMD server models using this design would simply be two processors glued to each other. That's why the situation this week seems a bit comical.
Intel introduced a series of new Enterprise Series products such as a 100Gb/s network adapter, a new FPGA chipset design, but more importantly, a new Platinum 9200 Xeon processor, called 9282, with 56 physical cores and 112 threads of execution.
This marvel of a CPU is part of the Cascade Lake X series and uses the 14 nanometer architecture we also know from Skylake so far. However, it has a number of improvements, such as support for 4.5 TB of RAM and most important a hardware integrated fix for Meltdown and Specter problems.
In terms of architecture design, it is basically two 28-core processors glued to each other in a similar way to an Epyc or Threadripper processors. But unlike these, it costs about a ton of money, has a 400W TDP, it works at frequencies that vary between 2.6GHz and 3.8GHz but, more importantly, is not meant for any existing socket.
Intel Xeon Platinum 9282 can only be obtained from system manufacturers, since it has to be physically bonded to the motherboard, with a BGA connection. So those who want a system for a server that can be improved over time will have to look for another solution (like an Epyc CPU from AMD maybe, just saying).,or maybe from another company that will launch this year a 64-core processor that is likely to consume less, you got it it is AMD again.
It might be said that Intel is copying AMD, but the future is somewhat inevitable in this chapter, since Moore's law has long gone into the water, and there are few ways to get better performance without a radical change of technology.