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Intel Xeon W-3175X Now Available For Pre-Ordering, Initial Pricing At Twice the Retail Cost of AMD’s Threadripper 2990WX

Intel had announced the Xeon W-3175X chip back in October.The W-3175X is targeted for extreme workstations and comes with an unlocked multiplier. There was no hint about the processor’s pricing at launch, but the processor has been finally listed across stores.

28-core Beast or A White Elephant?

As IXBT reports, the Xeon W-3175X is now available across retailers at a price of around 3900$-4300$, with some stores quoting as high as 5000$. The W-3175X closest competitor on the red side is the Threadripper 2990WX. The Threadripper 2990WX costs about 1800$, and boasts 32 cores and a frequency of 3.0-4.2 GHz.

Speaking of the W-3175X, the processor is based on the Skylake/Cascade architecture. It Intel’s LGA3647 server-based socket and runs at a stock frequency of 3.1 Ghz. It can increase its frequency to 4.3 Ghz, and sports six-channel DDR4 memory controller that supports up to 512 GB and 38.5 MB cache. The processor has a TDP of 265W, but it’ll get higher if users overclock it, thanks to the unlocked multiplier.

Intel Xeon W-3175X OC Benchmarks | Source: Tom’s Hardware

With no stock benchmarks available as of now, it is difficult to comment on the processor’s actual worth. But, there are some results of overclocked CPUs in Cinbench R15. In the graph, we can see the 2990WX completely obliterates the W-3175X at nearly equal, overclocked frequency. With less than half the price, and better performance the 2990WX offers, the pricing of the W-3175X is questionable. While things don’t seem impressive at all, we should wait for more benchmarks to come up before actually judging the processor’s worth.


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