Intel Falcon Shores Processor to Consume 1500W, Exceeding Nvidia B200 Power Usage

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Intel has confirmed that its upcoming Falcon Shores AI processor, a hybrid chip integrating x86 and Xe GPU cores, is set to consume a substantial 1500 watts (W) of power. This level of consumption surpasses Nvidia’s B200, which draws up to 1200W. Designed for AI and high-performance computing (HPC) workloads, Falcon Shores combines high computational power with advanced cooling requirements due to its high energy consumption. The processor architecture of Falcon Shores is described as multi-tile, incorporating both x86 cores for general-purpose processing and Xe cores dedicated to AI and HPC tasks. Intel claims that Falcon Shores will deliver five times the performance per watt and five times the memory capacity and bandwidth compared to its 2022 offerings, along with a simplified programming model, enhancing its appeal for developers.

However, such high power demands pose significant challenges for system design, particularly in thermal management. Intel's solution may include advanced cooling techniques, such as liquid cooling or full immersion liquid cooling—methods that have been explored for other high-demand data center components. These cooling technologies are essential to maintain operational efficiency and safety given the processor's power requirements.

Intel’s ambitious power specification for Falcon Shores also suggests the need for new hardware standards. Current Open Accelerator Module (OAM) specifications, such as the OAM 2.0, support up to 1000W. This limitation indicates that Intel may need to either develop proprietary modules or push for a new OAM standard to accommodate the 1500W power draw.

Slated for release in 2025, the Falcon Shores GPU represents a significant advancement in Intel's GPU technology, based on its next-generation Xe graphics architecture. It positions itself as a major contender in the AI accelerator market, supported by Intel’s oneAPI software development environment. The expected performance capabilities of Falcon Shores are intended to meet the growing demands of AI and HPC applications, despite potential concerns over its high energy consumption.


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Sources: ComputerBase.devia Tom's Hardware

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