At Intel Innovation 2022, the company showed off its new Ponte Vecchio GPU in a slightly different form factor. We have seen the bare Intel Ponte Vecchio GPU Packages at Vision 2022. Now, the chips are being shown packaged as they are (finally) starting to make their way to Aurora.
Intel Ponte Vecchio Liquid Cooled OAM Package at Innovation 2022
At the same event that we saw the Intel Arc A770, we saw the Intel Ponte Vecchio GPU. This one was packaged into something that looks ready to be put on an OAM module with cooling added.
Here is the bottom side of Ponte Vecchio with the pads exposed.
Aside from the package itself, the company also had an OAM module with the new chip and its liquid cooling solution. Here one can see the block with nozzles for coolant flow. The new GPUs use enough power that removing heat via liquid cooling is so much more efficient than using air cooling that the power savings makes the swap worthwhile.
We have been showing liquid cooling off on STH for some time, and did an entire liquid cooling system build with all of the components in: How Liquid Cooling Servers Works with Gigabyte and CoolIT:
If you just do not understand liquid cooling in data centers, then that should help understand what is going on and why. That demonstration was done with lower-power CPUs and the more power and heat devices generate, the more important liquid cooling gets.
Here is the OAM module’s bottom side. One can see the two connectors that mate to the baseboards. OAM modules carry both power as well as data signals through these pins.
If you want to learn more about OAM, you can see our old Facebook OCP Accelerator Module OAM Launched.
It is great to see the new module ready to package up. We expect Ponte Vecchio’s 2022 volume to go toward Aurora’s production so perhaps this is one that we will see in 2023.
What I will say is that despite that module looking light, the cold plate inside feels like it is made from copper as that was a lot heavier than I expected picking it up at Innovation 2022.