Intel just announced a 56 core 112 thread CPU that you probably don’t need

Xeon Platinum 9282

With a TDP of 400W, the Xeon Platinum 9282 is a processor that parades with its 56 cores and 112 threads. This is the slab of silicon to rule them all. Of course, we are talking about the top of the line model from Intel’s new Xeon Platinum 9200 series processors. Intel’s bragging rights start right from the base model, the Platinum 9221, which already matches AMD’s (32c/64t) Threadripper. On the contrary, AMD is planning a 64 core 128 threads CPU under it’s Zen 2 refresh, but we will consider that when it launches.

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The new family of processors is obviously meant for enterprises, based on the Cascade Lake architecture. Should an enthusiast buy it? We sure don’t recommend it, but if you think your work task can take advantage of it, just do it. Companies should be interested in products with expectations of increased performance, improved efficiency and lesser power consumption. These are after all datacenter and server-oriented products with enhanced security and purpose-oriented features.

Xeon Platinum 9282

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Take a look at all four variants first:

Processor Cores/Threads Clock Speed Cache TDP
Xeon Platinum 9282 56C/112T 2.6GHz to 3.8GHz 77MB 400W
Xeon Platinum 9242 48C/96T 2.3GHz to 3.8GHz 71.5MB 350W
Xeon Platinum 9222 32C/64T 2.3GHz to 3.7GHz 71.5MB 250W
Xeon Platinum 9221 32C/64T 2.1GHz to 3.7GHz 71.5MB 250W

You are probably wondering why these processors are clocked the way they are. This should not come at a surprise, an increase in core count usually results in decreased clock speeds. The cache speeds have doubled, and they even support 12-channel DDR4 memory. Sure this might not WOW you right now but we should start seeing more of the Cascade Lake on the enthusiast’s side, or maybe a Cascade Lake-X series? Who knows. What we do know is Computex 2019 is starting soon.