This week Intel is launching a refresh of its second-generation Xeon Scalable processors based on the Cascade Lake microarchitecture. This launch represents Intel’s most aggressive pricing restructure in well over a decade. This release is quite unusual for a number of reasons. The original Cascade Lake SP series was launched in April 2019.
This launch is taking place just 10 months later – in what would normally be mid-cycle launch. This launch is taking place just a few months before Intel is expected to launch Cooper Lake which is expected to follow by Ice Lake server parts much later in the year. But between the original Cascade Lake launch and this refresh, AMD introduced Rome which brought considerably uplift in single-thread performance as well as core count thereby increasing the competitive pressure on Intel parts.
Introducing a new platform takes time and heading into mid-2020, it looks like Rome has managed to make enough impact to realign their server portfolio to the current data center climate.