Intel plans to deploy Xeon W-2400 and Xeon W-3400 series processors for high-end desktop (HEDT) and extreme workstations on February 15, with first benchmark results leaking as their launch dates approach began toAs usual, this time Intel’s upcoming HEDT flagship, the 56-core Xeon W3495X Geekbench 5 database (via @benchleaks), which is evidence that the CPU is already being used.
Intel’s return to HEDT and the extreme workstation space is significant in and of itself. In recent years, AMD has effectively pushed Intel out of these markets with its Ryzen Threadripper processors. However, Intel’s Sapphire Rapids design allows Intel to re-enter the game with higher core counts, decent clocks and support for up to 4TB of DDR5 memory. Additionally, it looks like Intel will be offering multiple X-series models with unlocked multipliers for those looking to overclock their machines.
Intel’s flagship Xeon W3495X CPU features 56 high-performance Golden Cove cores and a massive 105MB L3 cache. It runs at a default clock of 1.90 GHz and when possible he can accelerate to 4.80 GHz so we would expect it to offer a pretty decent performance. On the other hand, the sample listed in the Geekbench 5 database ran at around 3.20 GHz (which is too low). It is also said that a quad-channel memory his subsystem is also used, so no serious conclusions can be made about the performance of the CPU.
|Zeon W9-3495X||Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5995WX|
|General specifications||56C/112T, 1.90GHz to 3.20GHz, 105MB L3||64C/128T, 2.70GHz to 4.50GHz, 256MB L3|
|Single Core | Integer||1120||1316|
|Single Core | Floating||1338||1719|
|Single Core | Crypto||3091||3832|
|Single Core | Score||1284||1563|
|multicore | integer||33577||46049|
|Multicore | Floating||40322||49414|
|Multicore | Crypto||61361||44987|
|Multicore | Score||40322||47005|
Platform-wise, Intel’s new W790 offers PCIe Gen5 (depending on the CPU), 16 PCIe 4.0 lanes, up to 12 PCIe 3.0 lanes, up to 8 SATA ports, up to 5 USB 3.2 Gen2x2 connections, up to 10 It features USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, Wi-Fi 6E capability, and supports two 2.5GbE PHY controllers.
Obviously, all the reliability, availability, and serviceability features of the latest Intel Xeon processors are also supported, as are virtual RAID on CPU (VROC), remote management, and more. Of course, HEDTs and workstations will definitely benefit from Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 7, so we expect workstation manufacturers to install the appropriate controllers themselves.
In any case, for now it looks like Intel is about to reenter the HEDT and extreme workstation market, making AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000WX series CPUs a strong competitor for the first time in years.