A Canadian retailer has listed Supermicro’s yet-to-be-announced X13SWA-TF motherboard based mostly on the Intel W790 chipset. It’s designed for workstations and high-end desktops (HEDT) that includes Intel’s Xeon processors in LGA4677 packaging, which factors to Sapphire Rapids CPUs.
The Supermicro X13SWA-TF motherboard (listed at Atic.ca and noticed by @momomo_us) is available in an E-ATX type issue, which is used for workstations, desktops, and tower servers. The motherboard is priced at CAD$1290 ($965) with a reduction if you happen to pay money, however there isn’t a point out of its availability timeframe.
Earlier this 12 months, Intel confirmed that its W790 is a workstation-grade chipset (not an entry-level workstation-grade chipset) however by no means disclosed which processors it helps. However for the reason that motherboard has an LGA4677 socket, it ought to help Intel’s Xeon processors codenamed Sapphire Rapids.
We will speculate that we is perhaps speaking a few particular model of Sapphire Rapids CPUs tailor-made for workstations (i.e., that includes fewer than 60 cores however with increased clocks) or Intel’s 34-core Raptor Lake-S processors noticed by our personal Paul Alcorn earlier this 12 months. In the meantime, each Sapphire Rapids and Raptor Lake-S function high-performance cores based mostly on the Golden Cove microarchitecture and have a number of issues in widespread. Subsequently, it’s believable to imagine that Intel’s 34-core Raptor Lake processors (also referred to as RPLS-34C) shall be marketed below the Xeon model, although Intel has by no means mentioned it publicly.
The Supermicro X13SWA-TF platform has six PCIe 4.0 x16 slots, two 10GbE ports managed by Intel’s X550 chip, and Clever Platform Administration Interface (IPMI) for distant administration, which is helpful each for workstations and servers. The fundamental description doesn’t point out PCIe 5.0 help or M.2 slots (indispensable for desktop PCs), however since that is an early illustration of the X13SWA-TF’s capabilities, this isn’t stunning.
Rumors a few Sapphire Rapids-based platform for high-end desktops and workstations have been floating round for years. Nonetheless, Intel has by no means publicly confirmed plans to handle the shopper PC market with its SPR processors as it’s centered on launching Sapphire Rapids for servers first. The itemizing is actually the primary affirmation that Intel’s W790 platform helps the corporate’s processors in LGA4677 packaging, which factors to Intel Xeon ‘Sapphire Rapids’ CPUs. In the meantime, Intel’s 34-core Raptor Lake-S processors are maybe higher candidates for mainstream workstations and high-end desktops.