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Intel Beechnut City “LGA 4710” Socket Motherboard For Next-Gen Intel Xeon 6 Granite Rapids & Sierra Forest CPU Leaks Out

Intel Beechnut City “LGA 4710” Socket Motherboard For Next-Gen Intel Xeon 6 Granite Rapids & Sierra Forest CPU Leaks Out

Intel's LGA 4710 socket-based reference platform, Beechnut City, is pictured and ready to help. Xeon 6 Granite Rapids & Sierra Forest CPUs.

Intel's LGA 4710 socket is huge, but on the horizon is an even bigger LGA 7529 socket for Xeon 6 CPUs, ready for Granite Rapids and the Sierra Forest.

Intel recently announced the all-new “Xeon 6” family codename for its next-generation Xeon CPU family, which is split into P-Core and E-Core lineups. While Intel has yet to unveil the specific SKUs featured under these lineups, it seems likely. YuuKi_AnS We have a few things that come with a first look at the Bechant City reference evaluation platform that centers around the LGA 4710 socket.

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According to the post, it looks like Intel will use the P and E designations in the SKU naming scheme for its next-generation Xeon 6 family. The family will fall under the Xeon 6000 series with the P-Core SKUs being called the Xeon 6 6000P series and the E-Core SKUs being called the Xeon 6 6000E series. The CPU family will be known as Xeon 6E and Xeon 6P with numbers representing the generation of the family. It looks like there will be the following SKUs:

  • Xeon 6 6900E/P (Platinum Series)
  • Xeon 6 6700E/P (Gold Series)
  • Xeon 6 6500P (Silver Series)
  • Xeon 6 6300P (Bronze Series)
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Now coming to the more juicy bits which is the motherboard itself. What we are looking at is an Intel Xeon 6 reference platform used for evaluation and testing purposes. It's what's being used to test the upcoming Granite Rapids P-Core and Sierra Forest E-Core silicon before launch. Intel ships these motherboards to partners and customers as kits. This particular board is labeled “Beechnut City RP PPO”. The motherboard has all the switches and controls a user could ask for.

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Looking at the crowded area of ​​this motherboard, we see two large sockets surrounded by a total of 32 DDR5 DIMM slots. It can support a phenomenal amount of capacities up to 4 TB and 6400 MT/s speed based on the last information we checked.

It is a dual-socket or 2S motherboard with two sockets each featuring their VRMs and each socket having large mounting screws used to mount bulk and passive cooling solutions. are

As for the two sockets, these are the smaller of the two designed for Intel's Xeon 6 CPUs. This is the LGA 4710 variant you are looking at. We've already seen these big socket chips pop out.. It is also Larger LGA 7529 socket which is designed for XCC CPU SKUs. We know that Sierra Forest will come in MCM variant with 288 cores. And the biggest Granite Rapids chips will have three compute tiles..

Each of these two platforms will have advantages in terms of I/O (PCIe/CXL), memory, and storage capabilities. The reference Beechnut City platform supports 8-channel memory with 88 PCIe Gen5 lanes while the Avenue City (LGA 7529) platform supports 12-channel memory with 96 PCIe Gen5 lanes. Both platforms also support MCR memory with a speed of 8000 MT/s.

The Intel Xeon 6 family will be introduced first in the form of Sierra Forest starting this quarter and Granite Rapids (2H 2024) will follow soon after.

Intel Xeon CPU families (initial):

Family branding Diamond Rapids Clear water forest Granite Rapids Sierra Forest Emerald Rapids Sapphire Rapids Ice Lake-Sp Cooper Lake-Sp Lake-SP/AP Cascade Skylake-SP
Process node Intel 20A? Intel 18 A Intel 3 Intel 3 Intel 7 Intel 7 10nm+ 14nm++ 14nm++ 14nm+
Platform name Intel Mountain Stream
Intel Birch Stream
Intel Mountain Stream
Intel Birch Stream
Intel Mountain Stream
Intel Birch Stream
Intel Mountain Stream
Intel Birch Stream
Intel Eagle Stream Intel Eagle Stream Intel Whitley Intel Cedar Island Intel Purley Intel Purley
Basic architecture Lion Cove? Darkmont Redwood Cove The Sierra Glen Raptor Cove Golden Cove Listen Lake Lake Lake Lake Skylake
MCP (Multi-Chip Package) SKUs Yes TBD Yes Yes Yes Yes no no Yes no
The socket LGA 4677/7529 LGA 4677/7529 LGA 4677/7529 LGA 4677/7529 LGA 4677 LGA 4677 LGA 4189 LGA 4189 LGA 3647 LGA 3647
Maximum cover count Up to 144? By 288 Up to 136? By 288 Up to 64? Up to 56 Up to 40 Until the 28th Until the 28th Until the 28th
Maximum thread count Up to 288? By 288 Up to 272? By 288 Up to 128 Up to 112 Up to 80 Up to 56 Up to 56 Up to 56
Max L3 cache TBD TBD 480 MB L3 108 MB L3 320 MB L3 105 MB L3 60 MB L3 38.5 MB L3 38.5 MB L3 38.5 MB L3
Memory support Up to 12-channel DDR6-7200? TBD Up to 12-channel DDR5-6400 Up to 8-channel DDR5-6400? Up to 8-channel DDR5-5600 Up to 8-channel DDR5-4800 Up to 8-channel DDR4-3200 Up to 6-channel DDR4-3200 DDR4-2933 6-channel DDR4-2666 6-channel
PCIe General Support PCIe 6.0 (128 lanes)? TBD PCIe 5.0 (136 Lanes) PCIe 5.0 (TBD Lanes) PCIe 5.0 (80 Lanes) PCIe 5.0 (80 lanes) PCIe 4.0 (64 Lanes) PCIe 3.0 (48 Lanes) PCIe 3.0 (48 Lanes) PCIe 3.0 (48 Lanes)
TDP Range (PL1) Up to 500W? TBD Up to 500W Up to 350W Up to 350W Up to 350W 105-270W 150W-250W 165W-205W 140W-205W
3D Xpoint Optane DIMM Pass Donahue? TBD Donahue Pass TBD do pass do pass Barlow Pass Barlow Pass Apache Pass N/A
Competition AMD EPYC Venus AMD EPYC Zen 5C AMD EPYC Turin AMD EPYC Bergamo AMD EPYC Genova ~ 5nm AMD EPYC Genova ~ 5nm AMD EPYC gradient 7nm+ AMD EPYC ROM 7nm AMD EPYC ROM 7nm AMD EPYC Naples 14nm
Launch. 2025? 2025 2024 2024 2023 2022 2021 2020 2018 2017

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