Tuesday, December 6

An accidental Intel leak shows a 34-core CPU | Digital Trends Spanish

A mysterious wafer filled with Intel Raptor Lake-S processors was spotted during Intel Innovation 2022. While that in itself may not sound strange, the strange part is that the wafer contains 34-core chips that are labeled as Raptor Lakewhile Intel’s new flagship Core i9-13900K tops out at 24 cores.

Is Intel hiding an even more powerful processor? That would be nice, but all signs point to it being something else entirely: a Sapphire Rapids chip.

how did you detect it tom’s hardwareThis wafer, which was showcased at Intel Innovation 2022, has larger dies than the Raptor Lake desktop dies Intel has previously shown. These are 34-core CPUs, and the maximum model of an Intel Raptor Lake currently comes with only 24. There are also more discrepancies between the mysterious wafer and a standard Raptor Lake wafer.

For starters, the cores are not lined up horizontally in two rows as is typical for a Raptor Lake die. The cores of this chip are also interconnected with a mesh, which resembles the look of an Intel Ice Lake server processor. Lastly, there are a total of eight DDR5 memory controllers, as well as Intel Ultra Path Interconnect (UPI) blocks. This, again, is not something you’d find on a consumer desktop CPU.

As mentioned above, the die is most likely too large to fit into a typical desktop CPU with the LGA 1700 socket. It contains 34 core areas, and these all appear to be performance (P) cores rather than a mix of P cores and efficiency cores (E). A processor with 34 P cores is hard to imagine; even the new flagship Core i9-13900K only has eight P cores and 16 E cores.

A label showing that the wafer below it belongs to the Intel Raptor Lake-S family.
This mysterious wafer, despite the label calling it a Raptor Lake-S model, is most likely not that at all. Both Tom’s Hardware and angstronomics they concluded that we are most likely seeing a monolithic Intel Sapphire Rapids MCC (Mid Core Count) design instead. Intel Sapphire Rapids is a codename for the company’s fourth generation of Xeon server processors, which, after a few delays, are still not up for grabs.

While this wafer will most likely not be a Raptor Lake model, that’s not to say that Intel won’t release a more powerful version of the desktop chip at some point. We’ve seen it happen with the Core i9-12900KS. However, it is highly unlikely that the core hit will be as high as reaching 34 cores.

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