Skylake-based the next generation Intel Xeon V5 server specs have been spotted at Zauba. Granted, these are only engineering samples, albeit insightful enough for us to guess what’s possibly could be in store when the commercial version is finally available.

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The chip giant recently released their awaited Xeon V4 series based on the Broadwell architecture, and judging by previous trends, it is possible that the next one in the series will mark its debut by the end of Q2 2017.

28-core processor confirmed?

The listing at Zauba features a couple of processors, all engineering samples which means the final specs are likely to go some changes.

As for the specs are concerned, they start at 4-core and move all the way up to the 28-core SKU. The fact that it will be based on Skylake essentially means you can expect an array of new features, including the Purely platform.

Purely is a unified and scalable platform that supports 2s, 4s, and 8s chips across the Skylake-EP and Skylake-EN lineups. It is based on the Storm Lake Gen-1 architecture, which happens to be the company’s next-generation Omni-Path interconnect. The platform will be powered by the Lewisburg PCH.

The new setup is capable of delivering an interconnect speed of up 100 Gbps and it will ensure 56 per cent lower latency than the existing Infini-band Inter-connect.

It also comes with an upgraded socket that features 3647 pins (hence the name LGA 3647). Surrounding the sockets are 12 DDRr DIMM slots, a move designed to make the new platform compatible with hexa-channel memory and Intel’s Optane DIMM. Overall, Purely is meant to expand the functional capacity as well as the efficiency of Intel’s server platform.

Coming back to the Zauba listing, the Xeon V5 processors featured there include 11 different parts (mostly encompassing 135W, 145W, and 165W). The most powerful one among them is the 28-core, 56-thread SKY clocked at 1.8 GHz. The TDP rate is 165W.

Worth noting, the Xeon V series seems to be poised to bring a new cache system – each core with 1.375 MB of dedicated L3 cache as opposed to the 2.5MB dedicated L3 cache in Broadwell Xeon V4.