AMD’s Epyc chips have been making waves in the server and enterprise CPU market for a while now. The upcoming 64 Core Rome processor may be responsible for a major portion of all the commotion, AMD does have a bunch of competitive offerings in the HEDT space as well, viz the Threadripper chips, lead by the 2900WX.

The Intel Xeon W-3175X is now available for purchase for a steep retail price of $2999. With 28 cores, the W-3175X has the highest core count Intel has ever managed to squeeze into a desktop processor. AMD’s offering, namely the Threadripper 2900WX features 32 Zen+ cores, along with 64 threads and retails for $1999. That’s a whole $1000 less, but lets keep in mind that when it comes to the IPC and per core performance, Intel still has the upper hand.

This wasn’t an unexpected launch, as there had been numerous rumors surrounding the Xeon W-3175X and the specs were all but confirmed. There was a bit of doubt over the MSRP but seems like the leaks were on-point.

Intel Xeon W-3175X

Looking at the core specs, the Xeon W-3175X as already mentioned is loaded with 28 cores and 56 threads clocked at a base clock of 3.1GHz and the single core boost clock exceeding 4GHz. This monster chip includes 38.5MB of cache memory and a TDP of 255W. It has a total of 68 PCIe lanes and six-channel DDR4 memory support.

Although new motherboards to go along with the 28-core Xeon have already been announced, their prices have not been confirmed.
The Asus ROG Dominus Extreme and the Gigabyte SKL-SP 1S are two notable boards to support the new C621 chipset.

G.Skill has also showcased their new Hexa-Channel DDR4 DIMMs clocked at upto 4000 MHz with a ridiculous capacity of 192 GB. There will be a total of 12, with each DIMM making up for 12GB of the total pool.

Well, that’s all about the new Xeon W-3175X HEDT chip. It is fast, real fast but like always the premium that needs to be paid to leverage all those 28 cores is a bit over the top. You can build a whole setup based around the Threadripppers for less than $2999. And that doesn’t even include the cost of the motherboard and the memory, both of which are going to be way more expensive than your average run-of-the-mill hardware.

Intel

Intel has assured that OEMs will be putting up pre-built PCs with the Xeon W-3175X for sale starting today. There’s still no word on the pricing and availability of the C621 motherboards, but we’ll be sure to update you as soon as more info surfaces.

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