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Intel Skylake Xeon V5 Engineering Samples Spotted – Up To 28 Cores Clocked at 1.8 GHz, 165W TDP and 38.5 MB L3 Cache

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Sep 9, 2016
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Intel’s next generation Skylake based Xeon V5 server parts have been listed down at Zauba. The engineering samples give us a glimpse at the specifications for Intel’s upcoming Xeon processors. Intel recently released their Broadwell based Xeon V4 series and that would be replaced by Skylake based Xeon V5 series in 1H 2017.

Intel Skylake Xeon V5 Processors Revealed – 28 Core Processor Confirmed With 165W TDP

There are a couple of processors listed down over at Zauba. It should also be pointed out that all processors listed on the site are engineering samples and final specifications are expected to change. As for specs, we are starting at 4 cores and going all the way up to the 28 core SKU. Intel Skylake brings a lot of new features to the table and one of those is the latest Purley platform.

The Purley platform is a scalable and unified platform that would support 2S, 4S and 8S chips in the Skylake-EP and Skylake-EN lineup. It will feature the Storm Lake Gen 1 architecture. This is Intel’s next generation Omni-Path interconnect that will be featured on Purley while the Lewisburg PCH will be powering the entire platform. The new fabric can deliver up to 100 GB/s interconnect speed with 56% lower latency compared to the current generation Infini-band Inter connect, allowing up to 48 ports with the new Switch Chip architecture.

Purley platform comes with a range of new features for Intel’s Xeon processors.

The new platform also comes with an updated socket. The socket has been upgraded to feature 3647 pins that gives it the LGA 3647 name. The socket is surrounded by 12 DDR4 DIMM slots. This is due to support for next-generation hexa-channel memory and Intel’s Optane DIMMs for faster latency solutions. Overall, Purley will be expanding Intel’s server platform wit a range of new features.

Upcoming Intel and AMD Server Platform Comparison:

 Intel Xeon E5-2600/4600 V5 (2S/4S)Intel Xeon E7-8800/4800 V5 (4S/8S)AMD Naples Platform (2P)
Family BrandingSkylake-EPSkylake-EXNaples (Opteron?)
Process Node14nm14nm14nm
PCHLewisburg PCHLewisburg PCHSOC
SocketSocket P (LGA 3647)Socket P (LGA 3647)TBD
Max Core Count262832
Max Thread Count525664
Max L3 Cache35.75 MB L338.5 MB L364 MB L3
DDR4 Memory Support6-Channel DDR46-Channel DDR44-Channel DDR4
TDP Range45-160W110-160W125-150W?

The Intel Skylake Xeon V5 Processors (ES)

The Xeon V5 processors that were listed down include 11 different parts. These mostly include 165W, 145W and 135W parts. The beefiest variant is the 28 core, 56 thread SKU that is clocked at 1.8 GHz and has a TDP rated at 165W. The surprising thing about Skylake Xeon V5 is that it features a different cache system than previous Xeon processors. Each core has 1.375 MB of dedicated L3 cache. On Broadwell Xeon V4, each core featured 2.5 MB of dedicated L3 cache.

We don’t know the reason for this change but this was also seen on the Skylake-X roadmap chart which reveals the same cache numbers for 10 core SKUs. While this is definitely lower cache than previous gen processors, it should be expected that Intel will compensate this loss by adding some architectural improvements on the big dies. The cache system won’t be affected on the mainstream desktop and mobile parts. You can see the details for the V5 SKUs in the chart below:

Intel Skylake Xeon V5 ES SKUs Specs:

CPU CoresCPU ThreadsClock SpeedCacheTDP
28 cores56 threads1.8 GHz38.75 MB L3165W
28 cores56 threads1.5 GHz38.75 MB L3165W
24 cores48 threads1.8 GHz33.00 MB L3145W
20 cores40 threads1.8 GHz27.50 MB L3145W
16 cores32 threads2.4 GHz22.00 MB L3165W
16 cores32 threads1.8 GHz22.00 MB L3135W
16 cores32 threads1.5 GHz22.00 MB L3135W
14 cores28 threads1.8 GHz19.25 MB L3135W
12 cores24 threads1.X GHz16.50 MB L3105W
10 cores20 threads1.X GHz13.75 MB L373W
4 cores8 threads2.X GHz8.250 MB L3105W

Intel Skylake Xeon V5 and AMD’s Naples platform will fight off in the server marking in 2017.

Skylake Xeon V5 will be going up against AMD’s Zen based Naples platform next year. Intel has for long reigned their dominance in the server market but AMD is confident that their chips will feature performance parity with their rivals after a very long time. You can learn more about AMD’s Naples platform here.

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