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Intel Unlocked Xeon W-3175X (System) Review (Page 1)

Intel Unlocked Xeon W-3175X (System) Review

Intel's new Xeon W-3175X is a beast and worthy of its high price tag.

Steven Bassiri | Jan 30, 2019 at 08:00 am CST - 1 min, 35 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Intel

Introduction

Let's be honest, getting to play with hardware before launch is typically quite interesting and it's sometimes a headache when you are the beta-tester, but this time it was downright fun. Most of the time I know what I am going to see before I actually see it; yea I know the 9980XE is going to be slightly better than the 7980XE and I know the 2950X is going to be slightly better than the 1950X.

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However, this time I had no idea what I was going to get. We heard so many rumors about this CPU, mostly about its price, and let's not forget the drama over the Computex demo being chilled. Today we are here to basically show you what this CPU is capable of, and there are some shockers. For starters, it will only cost $2,999. Yes, $3K, not that $8K rumor floated around CES, and not the $10K people thought it might also cost considering it's based on Intel's Xeon Platinum 8180. We haven't even revealed the most interesting stuff, so let's get to it!

Specifications

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The W-3175X has the same 28 cores and 58 threads as the Xeon Platinum 8180, and the same 38.5MB L3 cache. It does sport a 255W TDP, which is 50W higher than the 8180. That extra TDP allowed Intel to increase base clock 600MHz to 3.1GHz, and the CPU supports a 4.3GHz Turbo Boost 2 clock for a single core, while the 8180 only goes to 3.8GHz. The platforms are very similar with both CPUs offering up 48 PCI-E 3.0 lanes, bringing platform total to 68 PCI-E lanes. We get the same hexa channel controller with support for ECC RDIMMs. However, the W-3175X is very unlocked, the CPU, cache, and memory can all be overclocked pretty easily.

Pricing

The Xeon W-3175X is priced at $2999, but will only be sold to Sis and then to you.

Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Steven Bassiri

Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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