Rumors of a ‘Sapphire Rapids’ workstation chipset called W790 date back to mid-2021, when a slide from a presentation showed Sapphire Rapids as a HEDT (High-End Desktop) product that would support the next W790 chipset. This product should be available in the second quarter of this year, but Intel seems to be struggling to keep Sapphire Rapids products on track.
We now know, more than a year later, that on January 10, Intel will launch its 4th Xeon Scalable CPUs built on Sapphire Rapids. So far, there is no official statement about the HEDT series. In addition, ATIC, a Canadian retailer, is now selling a SuperMicro X13SWA motherboard built around the W790 chipset with preliminary specs.
The W790 motherboard would have up to six PCIe Gen4 x16 slots (no Gen5 support), two 10 Gbit LAN ports, and an E-ATX form factor now commonly used in server-grade or enthusiast boards. Additionally, the LGA-4677 socket in this list indicates Sapphire Rapids CPUs, but Raptor Lake processors with 34 cores should not be ruled out just yet. The motherboard is currently priced at $1290 (CAD), which is about $963 (USD).
While Intel has not confirmed its plans for the HEDT market, it appears that the company will provide the consumer Core-S series, business Core vPRO, and HEDT/server Xeon products. On the other hand, there’s Ryzen for consumers, enterprise Ryzen PRO, Threadripper PRO for content creation, workstation EPYC SP6 (to be released), and EPYC SP5 for data centers, which was released earlier this month. Intel undoubtedly needs to catch up in the high-end market.
Via Tom’s Hardware