New Intel Xeon W and Core X processors are more powerful and cheaper

After the usual rumors, Intel officially announced the new processor lines Intel Xeon W-2200 and Intel Core X series, which arrive with a promise of high performance and a detail that is clearly the result of competition with AMD: prices up to 50% lower than previous generations.

Intel Xeon W-2200

The Intel Xeon W-2200 line is the one that draws the most attention. First, it is made up of eight different processors. Second because the most powerful of them, the chip Xeon W-2295, is a monster with 18 cores and 36 threads.

The objective of all of them, including the simplest models that have four cores, is to equip workstations or meet corporate applications that require high performance.

To this end, Intel says the new processors can be up to 2.2 times faster in intensive artificial intelligence tasks than the previous generation, as well as offering about 10% higher performance in activities such as 4K video editing and rendering. 3D content.

Complementary features include support for PCI Express 3.0 and up to 1TB of DDR4 memory. Compatibility with memories with automatic error correction (ECC) and vPro technology, which offers a series of functions (such as hardware-assisted security), are also part of the attributes.

Processor Cores / Threads Clock (GHz) Boost (GHz) Cache (MB) TDP (W) Price (US $)
Xeon W-2295 18/36 3.0 4.8 24.75 165 1,333
Xeon W-2275 14/28 3.3 4.8 19.25 165 1,112
Xeon W-2265 12/24 3.5 4.8 19.25 165 944
Xeon W-2255 10/20 3.7 4.7 19.25 165 778
Xeon W-2245 8/16 3.9 47 16.5 155 667
Xeon W-2235 6/12 3.8 4.6 8.25 130 555
Xeon W-2225 4/8 4.1 4.6 8.25 105 444
Xeon W-2223 4/8 3.6 3.9 8.25 120 294

The new Core X chips (Cascade Lake-X, 14 nanometers) were revealed last week due to a leak. They come in four models, with the Core i9-10980XE Extreme Edition leading the class: it is also a processor with 18 cores, 36 threads and a frequency of up to 4.8 GHz.

Processor Cores / Threads Clock (GHz) Boost (GHz) Cache (MB) TDP (W) Price (US $)
Core i9-10980XE EE 18/36 3.0 4.8 24.75 165 979
Core i9-10940X 14/28 3.3 4.8 19.25 165 784
Core i9-10920X 12/24 3.5 4.8 19.25 165 689
Core i9-10900X 10/20 3.7 4.7 19.25 165 590

In addition to the 165 W TDP, these chips have in common support for up to 256 GB of DDR4 memory, PCI Express 3.0 (PCIe 4.0 is already there, but anyway) and Wi-Fi 6. Here, the focus is also in applications that require high performance, but, compared to Xeon W processors, the Core X line brings less resources for corporate use (VPro and ECC are absent, for example).

Just to clarify: despite the Core i9-10xxx nomenclature, the new Core X processors are ninth generation, not tenth.

In general, prices are quite expressive, but they have been worse. To give you an idea, the Xeon W-2195, the 18-core model from the previous generation, hit the market at around $ 2,550. The Intel Core i9-7980XE, the first 18-core Core X series, launched in 2017 for $ 1,999.

Intel Core X series

Although Intel does not comment, there is no doubt that this price drop is a reaction to AMD’s increasingly aggressive strategies in the market. A current example: the company will launch the Ryzen 9 3950X next month; this chip will have 16 cores and an official price of US $ 749. It is not even possible for Intel to stay in the comfort zone.

Both the new Xeon W-2200 processors and the Core X series are expected to hit the market in November.

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