Intel Sapphire Rapids-X for workstation
A new processor has been discovered by InstLatX64 in Kernel.org boot logs.
The name of this processor has not been seen before. Intel W9-3495 (is probably missing Xeon) is a Sapphire Rapids processor, most likely part of the X-series. The boot log appears to confirm that this SKU has 112 threads and as a result 56 cores.
The rumors about Intel dropping the Core-X series in favor of HEDT/Workstation series are now dated back to November last year. Intel would be releasing two workstation series, featuring both the 56-core high-end Ice Lake successor and the mainstream series possibly up to 36 cores as a successor to Cascade Lake. This leak would be a confirmation of the Xeon W9 series, supposedly this new line up high-end workstation CPUs.
The logs also confirm that this W9-3495 has both the AVX-512 and AMX instruction enabled, those should benefit Deep Learning algorithm training.
— InstLatX64 (@InstLatX64) July 21, 2022
Intel has not confirmed its plans for HEDT Workstation series. The data-center Sapphire Rapids CPUs are now expected to be significantly delayed, possibly till next year, which may suggest that processors such as W9-3495 may be delayed as well.