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Mar 21, 2017 05:23 AM EDT

Intel Skylake-Xeon Chips Posted Outstanding Benchmark Performance; Killer Flagship Now Adds Cores To Slay AMD Naples

Intel is not done yet in the computer hardware market with an enhanced Skylake-Xeon chips posting a high if not the highest Geekbench test scores for a single socket, single package CPU. Intel intentionally added more cores from the maximum 28 cores/56 threads to 32 cores/64 threads in preparation for AMD Naples.

A Geekbench performance test results reportedly belonging to Intel's Skylake-EP Xeon part was recently leaked and a Chinese forum can vouch for its authenticity. The said chips were sent to the Google Compute Engine team for prototyping. The performance score reveals an impressive 49,647 points for the entire core counts and 3,526 points for the single core, which incidentally is one particular test that Xeon chips are not known to ace until now. The Geekbench score is believed to be one of the highest or could even be the highest for a single socket and single package CPU, according to wccftech.

Moreover, what the leaks reveal about Intel's Skylake-Xeon chips is that the scrutinized CPU has a total of 32 cores, the largest dies encountered from Intel. The details do not match what is known about the Intel Skylake Purley platform, which maxes to just 28 cores. Intel may have added the additional cores in preparation for AMD Naples, which is expected to come out at the end of the year with 32 cores as well, according to Market Realist.

The Intel Skylake-Xeon chips go by the official name of Skylake-EP Xeon E5 2699 v5 with the "v5" suffix indicating that it belongs to the Skylake architecture. It is expected to be released in mid-2017 and more details may be given at Computex 2017 where the flagship card may be officially unveiled. One thing seems certain given the Geekbench score is that Intel made a few HPC focused optimizations in the said chips including Advanced Vector Instructions-512 to further improve the floating point calculations and encryption algorithms.

The next-generation Intel Skylake Xeon processors are based on the 14nm fabrication process just like AMD Naples. Google is reported to be using the chips for its Cloud Next'17 services that were just released this month. It is the biggest upgrade to date from the ancient Nehalem platform. Intel also threw in a host of new features to expand Intel's server platform in a bid to gain the upper hand from AMD, which slew Intel on the CPU front with its newest Ryzen 7 processors and their improved performance-per-watt value.

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