While we've been hearing whispers about Intel's 28-core Xeon processor since 2017, the W-3175X was only announced in October last year. The initial December launch date was missed but today, Intel announced that the chip is ready for prime time.
The Intel Xeon W-3175X comes unlocked, with a base speed of 3.1GHz and a single core boost speed of up to 4.3GHz. Motherboard makers like Asus are building insanely high-end boards to take full advantage of this, with the ROG Dominus being a prime example. With this being an unlocked processor, it will be interesting to see overclocking capabilities explored, especially once the ROG Dominus becomes available, or even Gigabyte's upcoming motherboard.
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The Xeon W-3175X boasts the most cores (28), threads (56) and PCIe lanes (68) of any Intel desktop processor. As you might imagine, a chip of this magnitude is mainly geared towards massive tasks, like editing films, or 3D rendering. The price tag reflects that too, with this chip hitting the market at $3,000.
Other features include 6-channel DDR4 memory support, ECC support and standard RAS support. You can take advantage of Intel's AVX-512 ratio offset and trim voltage control tools for memory overclocking. Finally, each Xeon W-3175X also comes with an Asetek 690LX-PN AIO liquid cooler to ensure you have adequate cooling out of the box for stock speeds and overclocking.
As a rough performance indicator, Intel has noted that this processor can run the infiltrator demo in Unreal Engine 4 up to 1.52 times faster than the Core i9-9980XE.
KitGuru Says: We've been looking forward to seeing this launch for quite some time. Now that the Xeon is out, we'll be looking forward to also seeing extreme motherboards, like the ROG Dominus- which we got a preview of at CES.