So SPR isn't super bad, but it'll have a tough time fighting Genoa(at least they can keep some HPC markets thanks to HBM variants). Intel will have a hard time before they get Sierra forest and Granite Rapids in 2024~2025.
I am going to leave this comment here which I believe it summarizes the ES Performance and possible performance on release samples.
"Although this is an ES chip and we expect performance to improve significantly for the Sapphire Rapids-SP chip in the QS state, the final chip may still be only competitive against AMD's EPYC Milan parts while it will be launching at the same time when AMD will come out guns blazing with its next-generation EPYC Genoa 7004 CPUs. With such high power draw and not enough performance at hand, it looks like Intel will be getting a serious beating in the server segment by AMD, something that has been the case over the past few generations"
Intel Sapphire Rapids-SP Xeon Platinum ES CPUs Fail To Impress Against EPYC Milan (X) & Last-Gen Xeons In Leaked Benchmarks
Latest benchmarks of Intel's Sapphire Rapids-SP Xeon ES CPU shows lackluster performance against AMD's EPYC Milan processors.
Will Mr. Gelsinger still think it's a "Knife Fight on a Phone Booth" after the serious beat down yet another Xeon gets at the hands of an EPYC?
How many more people will get fired for buying Xeons?