The Intel Xeon W9-3495X has been leaked on Geekbench, and this leak has left us a good dose of information about a processor that will be one of the most important rivals of the AMD Threadripper 7000 series. As most of our readers may have guessed, this means that said processor falls within the new generation HEDT Sapphire Rapids from Intel.
We know that the Intel Xeon W9-3495X will be configured with a total of 56 cores, that will be divided into a total of four interconnected blocks or “tiles” that will work as if they were a single chip. Its base working frequency is 1.9 GHz, but it can reach 4.6 GHz thanks to turbo mode (probably with one or two active threads). Thanks to the HyperThreading technology, it will be able to handle a total of 112 threads (each core can work with one process and one thread).
The total amount of L3 cache that the Intel Xeon W9-3495X mounts is impressive, nothing more and nothing less than 105 MB, and the L2 cache is not far behind either, since we have 56 MB. Adding both values we find a total cache of 161 MB. I remind you that the L3 cache has a higher capacity but is slower than the L2 cache. Its IPC is also very high as it uses the Golden Cove architecture.
In this test the Intel Xeon W9-3495X was accompanied by 128 GB of DDR5 memory at 4,800 MHz, and the motherboard used is identified as Supermicro X13SWA-TF. The score obtained by this chip in Geekbench 5 was 1,284 points in single-thread and 36,990 in multithread. For comparative purposes, we can confirm that this it loses out to the Threadripper PRO 5995WX by 15% in single-thread performance.
Making a comparison in multithreaded performance is more complicated, because the values that Geekbench 5 collects fluctuate a lot, but from what I’ve been able to see they almost always remain above 40,000 points. I know what you are thinking, how is it possible then that we are saying that the Intel Xeon W9-3495X is going to compete with the next generation Threadripper, and the answer is very simple, because its different integrated accelerators will make a significant difference in more tests realistic.
In this sense, it must be remembered that the performance data from Geekbench they only have a certain indicative valueand they never represent the actual performance that a certain component is capable of achieving.