Several days ago, a report came out claiming that Intel is working on a 32-core processor. The report suggests that the company is responding to the impending threats from AMD and its range of Naples-based 32C/64T server-grade processors. The story has not received any update again. However, the company was able to silently introduce a new line of high-end processors in the market today.

New range of processors

German website Computerbase reported that Intel debuts a total of 34 Skylakes SP processors founded on the latest Purley platform. The Xeon Gold 5122, the fastest processor in the lineup, clocks at 3.6 GHz and has cores ranging between 14 and 22.

There is also the Xeon Platinum 8180 that starts at 2.5 GHz and features cores ranging between 22 and 28 cores with a maximum of 56 threaded power. This processor flaunts the 38.5 megabytes of L3 cache. It also has a thermal design power or TDP rating of 205 watts.

Aside from those, the latest chips will have six-channel memory interface with a maximum of three memory modules for every channel, which sums up to 18 memory modules. This new Xeon line of processors will have four CPU families.

CPU Families

The recently released Xeon line of processors will be consist of bronze, silver, gold, and platinum levels. As to their numerical designations, the Bronze family will be 3000, while the Silver will be 4000.

Gold will have the number designation of 5000 and 6000 and Platinum will be assigned with 8000. Skylake -SP will be the families' platform designation and will back up to eight central processing unit sockets. This is Intel's high-end flagship processors.

Currently, Intel has not yet disclosed any information as to the pricing and release date of the latest Xeon processors.

Basing on the price of the current high-end processor from the company, the Xeon E7-8890 v3, priced at $8,898, the newest processors would definitely have a price higher than this. One site, however, claims that the Xeon Platinum 8180 will be sold at $12,000. With so much power, the price of the CPU is a worth it investment, especially for users who requires such performance.

The latest set of processors will also have a direct support for the company's low-latency Optane storage. It is best for these latest processors to be used in Server Markets, Data Centers, or for AIs. The company is also launching the latest LGA 3647 socket that will back Hexa-channel or six-channel RAM and Intel Optane modules.