Intel’s Ice Lake Processor Shows Up On Server Market

The Ice Lake series of processors is set to be Intel’s second family of processors to feature the 10nm process node. Today, we’ve seen three new Geekbench 4 submissions that support the rumor that we may see them land on the desktop market.

Ice Lake initially debuted on the mobile platform at first and can commonly be found in laptops. It’s exciting that Intel is finally shifting their Ice Lake attention towards desktop though, even if it looks to be just the server market for now.

What Do the Benchmarks Show?

These three benchmarks were spotted by Twitter user TUM_APISAK and give us some idea of what we could expect with these new Ice Lake Xeon processors. The unit in question is codenamed the Intel $0000 and is a 24 core, 28 thread CPU with a 2.19 GHz base clock speed and a 2.89 GHz boost clock speed.

These new processors are also rumored to have native support for PCIe 4.0 and DDR4-3200 RAM modules. They will also come with 1.25 MB of L2 cache per core and a total of 36 MB of L3 cache.

There were three benchmarks conducted by the anonymous user and the scores all seem to be pretty consistent. With early benchmarks such as this, we’re no doubt looking at an engineering sample though which is subject to change.

How Does This Compare to Other Processors?

Now that we have some idea of how this processor performs, we can start to look at other processors that it might compete against. The codenamed $0000 processor scored 4,100 points in the single-core test and 41,972 in the multi-core category.

Currently, a Xeon Gold 621U cores around 4,772 points in a single-core test and 38,420 points in the multi-core test, this puts it around 16.4% faster than the Ice Lake chip in single-threaded tasks. However, it does score slightly lower in the multi-core tests which puts it at a 9.2% disadvantage.

If we look at AMD’s Epyc processors which have a similar 24 core, 48 threaded design, the Epyc 7402P receives single-core scores of 4,498 and multi-core scores of 42,155. This results in the chip outperforming the Ice Lake part by 9.7% in single-core processes but does about the same in multi-core processes.

We could be set to see these new Intel chips sometime this year, but for now, we’ll keep you up to date on any news concerning the Ice Lake desktop processors when we hear it.