Intel's new Xeon W: built for 'mainstream workstations'

Intel unveils its new Xeon W processors, with up to 18C/36T and 48 x PCIe 3.0 lanes.

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Intel continues to react to the increased threat in the CPU market from AMD, announcing new Xeon W processors at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany. Intel's new processors are a step up from the current flock of Xeon processors, using the LGA 2066 socket and rocking the Skylake-SP architecture.

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Intel's new Xeon W processors come in 8/10/18-core variants, with Turbo Boost technology that drives the CPU clock speeds up to 4.5GHz. We have 48 x PCIe 3.0 lanes available, with the Xeon W processors capable of taking 512GB of DDR4-2666 ECC RAM.

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The new flagship Intel Xeon W-2195 processor is the beasty 18C/36T chip @ 4.3GHz (Turbo Boost 2.0), joined by 24.75MB of L3 cache, quad-channel DDR4-2666 support, a 140W TDP, and 48 PCIe 3.0 lanes available. Pricing hasn't been stated just yet, but it should be expensive considering the Xeon W-2155 is a 10C/20T variant priced at a hefty $1440. I think we'll see the Xeon W-2195 at way over $2000, and most likely close to $3000.

Intel says that their new Xeon W processors have a 1.87x performance increase over the previous-gen 4-year-old workstation CPUs in the Xeon E5-1680 v2 Romley processor. The new 18C/36T variant will drop sometime in Q4 2017, with the new iMac Pro from Apple to rock it later this year.


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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