Intel has announced new additions to its HEDT product line. This comes in the form of Xeon W processors, which consists of eight different CPUs. It’s worth noting that these processors are based off of the company’s Skylake-SP CPU architecture and is intended to compete against AMD’s EPYC server-grade CPUs.
The Intel Xeon W (LGA2066) processors that were announced are the Xeon W-2123, Xeon W-2125, Xeon W-2133, Xeon W-2135, Xeon W-2145, Xeon W-2155, Xeon W-2175, and the Xeon W-2195. Interestingly, Intel Xeon-W processors come with a CPU core count of up to 18 – the lowest being four CPU cores. In addition, turbo frequency also varies from 3.9GHz up to 4.5GHz.
When it comes to pricing, the most affordable Xeon W processor that one could buy is the Xeon W-2123 CPU, which comes with a price tag of US$294 (about RM1,255). Meanwhile, the 10-core Xeon W-2155 has an eye watering price of US$1,440 (around RM6,148). Prices for the 14-core Xeon W-2175 and the 18-core Xeon W-2195 were not mentioned.
Those aside, it’s worth mentioning that Intel Xeon W processors will only be compatible with the new C422 motherboard, despite having the same socket as Core-X processors. Regardless, Intel has mentioned that its Xeon-W processors (up to 10-cores) will be made available through OEMs starting today. The more powerful 18-core Xeon W processor is slated for release in Q4 2017, which is around the same time as the expected release period for Apple’s upcoming iMac Pro – coincidence? Maybe not.