Intel Introduces New Xeon Workstation Processors

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Intel has unveiled its latest desktop workstation processors, the Intel Xeon W-3400 and Intel Xeon W-2400 (codenamed Sapphire Rapids).

The new Xeon processors, led by the powerful Intel Xeon w9-3495X, come with a cutting-edge compute architecture, faster cores, and a new embedded multi-die interconnect bridge (EMIB) packaging, providing an unprecedented level of scalability for increased performance.

The Xeon W-3400 and W-2400 processors offer exceptional performance and are designed to cater to the needs of professional creators, artists, engineers, designers, data scientists, and power users. These processors are built to tackle both today's most demanding workloads, as well as the professional workloads of the future, ensuring that users get the maximum value for their investment.

Intel unveiled its latest CPUs for workstations - the "Xeon W-3400" and "Xeon W-2400" series processors, codenamed "Sapphire Rapids." The new CPUs cater to the professional users in diverse fields, including media, entertainment, engineering, and data science. The CPUs incorporate state-of-the-art technologies such as DDR5 RDIMM memory, PCI Express 5.0, and Wi-Fi 6E. They also boast remote manageable Intel vPro Enterprise Technology that links with ECC memory to maximize workstation uptime.

The top model in the Xeon W-3400/W-2400 series is the "Xeon w9-3495X," which boasts up to 56 cores, a newly designed memory controller, and an L3 cache with a maximum capacity of 105MB. The CPUs adopt Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) that combines CPU chiplets. They operate at up to 4.8GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, which enhances single-thread performance by up to 28% and multi-thread performance by up to 120% compared to the previous generation.

The Xeon W-3400/W-2400 series processors support DDR5 RDIMM with eight channels and up to 4TB memory. The CPUs are the first in the industry to support DDR5 XMP 3.0, enabling overclocking. For I/O directly connected to the CPU, "Xeon W-3400" supports up to 112 lanes, and "W-2400" supports up to 64 lanes of PCI Express 5.0 connection. In addition, the CPUs are equipped with the 3rd generation Intel Deep Learning Boost (AMX/Bfloat16) that accelerates deep learning learning and inference processing.

Pre-orders for the Xeon W-3400/W-2400 series processors will commence on February 15, with the systems equipped with them set to hit the market in March. The CPUs come with recommended prices ranging from $359 (Xeon w3-2423) to $5,889 (Xeon w9-3495X).

Xeon W-3400 and Xeon W-2400 processors provide the high-end computing foundation that today's professionals require for the future of computing. Support for DDR5 RDIMM memory, PCIe Gen 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6E gives professionals the cutting-edge platform technologies they require for the compute workloads of the future. Additionally, support for Intel vPro enterprise technology, alongside ECC memory and reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) technologies, ensures workstation uptime is maximized so professionals don't have to worry about workflow interruptions.

vailable with up to 56 cores in a single socket, the top-end Intel Xeon w9-3495X processor features a redesigned memory controller and larger L3 cache, delivering up to 28% single-thread and up to 120% multithread performance improvements over the previous generation. And operational frequencies up to 4.8 gigahertz with Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 provide professional users with incredible compute performance in daily workloads.

Other platform features include:

  • Up to 105 megabytes of L3 cache for increased performance and data management.
  • Eight channels of DDR5 RDIMM memory support enables up to 4 terabytes of memory capacity and increased memory bandwidth for large data sets and memory-intensive workloads.
  • ECC memory and RAS technologies support improved integrity of critical data and system reliability.
  • Up to 112 CPU PCIe Gen 5.0 lanes on Xeon W-3400 processors and up to 64 CPU PCIe Gen 5.0 lanes on Xeon W-2400 processors for multi-GPUs, SSDs and network cards give professionals configuration flexibility to meet their next task.
  • Integrated Intel Wi-Fi 6E for the latest network connectivity.
  • Comprehensive overclocking support for unlocked processors - including first-in-industry DDR5 XMP 3.0 RDIMM memory overclocking features.
  • 3rd generation Intel Deep Learning Boost (AMX, Bfloat16) delivers significantly more efficient deep learning acceleration for artificial intelligence training and inferencing.
  • Intel vPro enterprise technologies for hardware-enhanced security features, firmware version control and remote manageability enable easy system deployment into the enterprise environment.

When It's Available: Xeon W-3400 and W-2400 workstation processors will be available for pre-order Feb. 15 from industry partners, with system availability beginning in March. The recommended customer price for the Intel Xeon W Processor family starts at $359 (Xeon w3-2423) and scales up to $5,889 (Xeon w9-3495X).

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