Intel Announces Xeon W-1200 Series: Comet Lake for Workstations, W480by Dr. Ian Cutress on May 13, 2020 3:02 PM EST
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Aside from Comet Lake vPro being announced today, Intel is also lifting the lid on a new series of processors: W-1200. This line of parts are analogous to Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake consumer hardware, but with support for dual channel ECC DDR4-2933 memory, up to 128 GB. These new parts will not work in the Z490 motherboards just released onto the market, they will require new W480 motherboards – we know that most of the motherboard vendors are planning to support the platform. These CPUs are also part of the vPro line when paired with W480, supporting Intel Hardware Shield, but otherwise have similar specifications to the consumer parts.
|Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake vPro
The top of the line W-1290P offers the same specifications as the Core i9-10900K, albeit without overclocking. Each of the W-1200 series have integrated GPUs. Some of the models are labelled ‘P’, which in this case means ‘Performance’ – these are the 125 W TDP processors.
Intel didn’t provide any detail about the W480 motherboards, or which partners will have them. None of the motherboard manufacturers reached out to announce their W480 products, and thus we expect there to be more disclosure about this later in the month.
One big question that arose about these new Xeon W-1200 processors is what happens to the Xeon E series. Traditionally this space, for ‘enterprise’ CPUs that mimic the consumer platform, is the target of the Xeon E processors. Intel launched E-2200, based on Intel Core 9th Gen, in the second half of last year, but we have learned through emails that Xeon E is now morphing into Xeon W. It is unclear if the Xeon E brand will continue.
Intel didn’t provide pricing for the Xeon W-1200 series, nor any indication of which models will be sold at retail, nor when they will be available, or by what partners. Any partner that provided E-2200 systems are likely to provide W-1200 variants.
Edit 4:20pm ET: Prices from ark.intel.com added.
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romrunning - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - linkIt would interesting to know if these Xeons also act like i7/i9 when it comes to much higher power use under load, possibly even up to 200W+ range. I'm guessing the 125W is only for baseline power usage.
Personally, I liked my old Dell Precision workstation, so probably all the OEMs have to build in bigger cooling to accommodate higher loads. It just feels that with "workstation" targeted boards, Intel would make the CPUs adhere more closely to the listed TDP rather than just say "oh, that's the PL1 spec; you need to look at PL2!" Or at least just print the higher number as the TDP for the CPU.
yeeeeman - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - linkYeah, they do exactly that.
Still, workstation users won't know about that unless the OEM that made the system didn't put a good enough cooling solution.
mode_13h - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - linkThe workstation boards for Xeon E-series seem to adhere strictly to Intel's recommendations for PL1, PL2, and Tau.
Interestingly, the Xeon E-2288G is based on the same rev/stepping as the i9-9900KS, but the former is rated for 95 W, while the later is rated for 127 W.
FacePlants - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - linkThat's likely because consumers get the leaky silicon and sever SKUs are binned for lower power consumption.
Mr Perfect - Thursday, May 14, 2020 - linkIf this is how we finally get motherboards that respect specifications, then I'm excited to see more of these workstation Xeons.
Hopefully reviewers hold the OEMs responsible in this segment.
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shadowx360 - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - linkI know it’s beating a dead horse but Intel really doesn’t seem interested in targeting the DIY market with this release. Ryzen supports ECC and ASUS has a workstation board certified to work with it so anyone can just buy ECC ram and stuff it in. Wonder how long before HP Z’s and Dell’s offer AMD in their workstations.
mode_13h - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - linkBut, there's not a real price premium for Xeon E, as far as I can tell. Yes, Intel did some market segmentation, and you might be annoyed that you have to use a different mobo/chipset, but I don't really see what the problem is.
Even with Ryzen you're limited to certain mobos that support ECC. Also, they don't have it on their mainstream APUs - you have to get OEM-only Ryzen Pro APUs, for that.
Jorgp2 - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link""supports""
duploxxx - Thursday, May 14, 2020 - linkDell, HPinc wont offer AMD in workstations, they are chickens scared to loose the engineering investments Intel is paying for them…. end user is once again the one that suffers from it as companies have no other options than to buy these shitty still to expensive cpu. And the market stays unbalanced with a company that lacks execution right know but due to $$$$ investments into other companies they can keep there sales high.