Improved Intel Skylake-SP Processor Ready for Summer Release; Core i9 CPU Family Also Expected

By Jacques Strauss, | May 18, 2017

Intel released its Optane solid state drive or SSD with limited memory capacity of 32 GB in January and it has just launched Optane SSDs which come with a lot higher memory capacity. (Wikimedia Commons)

Intel released its Optane solid state drive or SSD with limited memory capacity of 32 GB in January and it has just launched Optane SSDs which come with a lot higher memory capacity. (Wikimedia Commons)

The Skylake-SP server CPU is expected to be released this summer. The promises "scalable performance" with the latest tweaks and improvements they have made with the device.

According to the most recent update, the server processor family of Intel, dubbed as Skylake-SP, will offer increased performance and power efficiency as compared to the current Broadwell-EP/EX products. Such improvement has been highly associated with the two significant changes made by the chip manufacturer.

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The essential changes made to the devices have been attributed to the combination of a brand-new processor architecture and the migration from the Intel's first-generation 14-nanometer manufacturing technology. The former speaks of changes to the CPU cores, while the latter relates to the new and more efficient second-generation 14-nanometer manufacturing technology adapted by the company.

Although this year's server market devices is clear for Intel, next year's fate of the said devices remains unclear. In retrospect, the upcoming Intel Skylake-SP has been planned to have a follow-up referred to as Skylake-EP, which will be built on the Intel's 10-nanometer technology.

However, recent reports suggested that their might have been a change of heart for the company and the strategy to be applied to their server processors next year. Such uncertainty of the production has been hinged to the alleged "substantial manufacturing yield challenges with its 10-nanometer technology."

Meanwhile, Intel is also introducing a variant of their Skylake-X technology, the Core i9. This update would bring a new high-end CPU to consumers with 12 cores while featuring other options for the Core i9 model from 6, 8 to 10 cores.

The upgrade is somehow Intel's answer to the growing influence of AMD Ryzen. However, there is no certainty yet of its success, for it has also been reported that AMD will likewise release an upgrade sooner.

The said CPU update will still be in line with the Ryzen family and is currently dubbed as Ryzen Threadripper. In terms of performance, both devices from Intel and AMD are yet to be disclosed. However, regarding price difference, AMD Ryzen Threadripper is expected to be cheaper than that of Intel Core i9.

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