28C/56T Xeon W-3175X Retail Availability Confirmed At $3000 USD, Supporting Asus Dominus Extreme Motherboard Priced At $1800 USD

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.

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.

Supporting Motherboards

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.

Indranil Chowdhury
Indranil is a Med school student and an avid gamer. He puts his absolute faith in Lord Gaben and loves to write. Crazy about the Witcher lore, he plays soccer too. When not playing games or writing, you can find him on 9gag spreading the Pcmasterrace propaganda.