Intel is quite conservative on core counts on their mainstream consumer processors. But when it comes to their server line-up, they have always let loose and the new Xeon W-3175X is no exception. Its a CPU with 28 cores and 56 threads, coming with a base frequency of 3.1 GHz and a turbo frequency of 4.5 GHz. Also being the chip with most cores released by Intel on the HEDT platform.
Intel told Anandtech that the Xeon W-3175X would only be available through OEMs and system integrators, so retail availability wasn’t a thing initially. But the product is now listed at some Japanese computer shops and even on Newegg with an actual retail box.
【3F】ASUS ROG DOMINUS EXTREME国内発売が楽しみですね！
ちなみに対応CPUのXeon W-3175Xはツクモ本店で販売中。本日お持ち帰りもできますよ！28コア56スレッドのモンスターCPU、ぜひ使ってみたいものですね・・・。 pic.twitter.com/CSyPcs5HwB
— ツクモ本店PCパーツ部 (@99_HONTEN_Parts) February 2, 2019
Pricing and Availability
Right now you can preorder it on Newegg for $2977 USD which is almost similar to Intel’s recommended price of $3000 USD. Some initial rumors suggested an $8000 USD price point for this chip but that has proved to be inaccurate now.
This chip is obviously for compute-heavy workloads like rendering but isn’t a slouch when it comes to gaming either. According to Anandtech, the Xeon W-3175X is a 28-core version of the Core i9-9980XE, having similar performance in single threaded tests. But it really shines in multi-threaded tests where there is a 50% increase in performance.
ASUS’s ROG Dominus Extreme and Gigabyte’s AX1 are the only two motherboards which support the Xeon W-3175X at the time of writing. While they were used in a lot of reviews, nothing was known pricing wise. This listing at Compsource for the ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme will shed some light. It is priced at a whopping $1800 USD. But looking at the specs it doesn’t seem bad.
The board comes with a 32-phase VRM, dual 24-pin, quad 8-pin, and dual 6-pin 12V power connectors with support for a 4 way SLI. Surprisingly, there are quite a few gaming oriented features such as a SupremeFX S1220 on-board Dac dubbed as ROG gaming audio. There is also a small 1.77-inch OLED display on the board.
All-in-All the Xeon W-3175X is mostly for people who value performance regardless of pricing. It is good hardware for $3000 USD, even beating the Threadripper 2990wx in most tests as highlighted in many reviews. Retail availability is great news for enthusiasts looking to build a system with the Xeon W-3175X, without paying for the OEM premium.