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Intel announces eight 'Cascade Lake' Xeon W-2200 CPUs

by Tarinder Sandhu on 7 October 2019, 14:01

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Intel is today expanding its range of workstation-specific Xeon W processors by releasing eight 2200-series chips priced from $294 to $1,333. They are noteworthy insofar as they're based on the latest Cascade Lake architecture, albeit still manufactured on longstanding 14nm technology.

The new uniprocessor Xeons effectively replace the 2100-series, which are based on Skylake-W, and continue to offer support from 4C8T to 18C36T as well as four DDR4 memory channels. They also use the established LGA2066 socket that's also home to a select range of HEDT processors.

That said, Intel continues to split its Xeon W chips into two distinct lines. The dearer Xeon W-32xx pack up to 28C56T, house six memory channels, and use the LGA3467 socket, meaning they are much more like the Xeon Bronze/Silver/Gold/Platinum models destined for the datacenter.

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As expected, the Xeon W-2200-series have far more in common with the just-announced quartet of desktop Core i9 10-series, known as Cascade Lake X, and the top four W-22xx share the same core/thread/cache/TDP/memory topology as the HEDT chips. In fact, they share the same base/boost/all-core speeds, too, and just like their enthusiast counterparts, Xeon W-3200 extends the Turbo Boost Max 3.0 technology to the fastest for cores, up from two on the previous generation. There's also Intel Optane SSD and Thunderbolt 3 support thrown into the mix.

So, why would someone consider these Xeons over the cheaper HEDT chips that use the same socket but different motherboards - C422 vs. X299? A few reasons. Chief amongst them is support for twice the memory - up to 1TB - for housing huge datasets more prevalent in the workstation space. There's also support for ECC memory, a bunch of reliability, availability and serviceability features, as well as Intel vPro and vROC.

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Intel has set its entry-level workstation and HEDT stall out for the remainder of 2019 by releasing a slew of processors based on its latest Cascade Lake architecture. The Xeon W-2200-series improves upon its immediate W-2100 predecessors by boosting frequencies, integrating newer technologies, including Deep Learning Boost, and, most importantly of all, reducing price by close to 50 per cent - top-line Xeon W-2295 costs $1,333 compared with Xeon W-2195's bloated $2,553 fee.

Better than what they replace in every meaningful metric, due to be available in November, we conjecture the Xeon W-2200-series is a pre-emptive strike against AMD's upcoming Threadripper 3 CPUs. High-end processors just got a bit more interesting.

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yawn…. 1 TB of ram on a quad core?
I wonder why they of sudden started to up the PCI lanes as well to something sort of useful as well :/
“extends the Turbo Boost Max 3.0 technology to the fastest for cores”

I think you mean “four cores”
I9 and AMD 12, which one is better?
yawn…. 1 TB of ram on a quad core?

What is wrong with that when you can upgrade it to at least 18 cores? Nobody said you have to use it all, but surely some will (many out of the box in some use cases though likely much higher than 4 cores…LOL) and that is the point.