Today, Intel introduced the Xeon W-3300 series workstation processors to complete the chip manufacturer’s Ice Lake product lineup. Xeon W-3300 will provide up to 38 Sunny Cove cores of 270W and support up to 4TB of memory.
The arrival of the Xeon W-3300 series replaces the existing Xeon W-3200 (Cascade Lake) lineup. Compared with Cascade Lake, Ice Lake provides a significant IPC improvement of up to 19%. In addition to utilizing the new micro-architecture, the Xeon W-3300 chip also provides more cores and more and faster PCIe channels. The Ice Lake-based processors use Intel’s first-generation 10-nanometer process node, so the clock speed is not as impressive as we hoped. The single-core boost clock speed reaches its peak at 4 GHz. In addition, pushing for more cores also increased TDP to 270W instead of Cascade Lake’s 255W.
Like it The third-generation Xeon is scalable Correspondingly, Xeon W-3300 series is located on the motherboard with LGA4189 socket and C21A chipset. Regardless of the SKU, the 10nm workstation chip provides 64 PCIe 4.0 channels and supports up to 4TB memory DDR4-3200 ECC memory through an eight-channel memory configuration. The C21A chipset brings Wi-Fi 6E and Thunderbolt 4 connections.
Unlike the Xeon Scalable family of up to 40 cores, Xeon W-3300 is limited to 38 cores. However, the cache configuration remains unchanged. In addition to the entry-level W-3323 chip, we expect each Sunny Cove core to have 1.5MB of L3 cache, and the chip has 1.75MB of L3 cache per core.
Intel Xeon W-3300 specifications
|processor||Core/thread||Basic clock (GHz)||Single core turbo frequency (GHz)||All core turbo frequency (GHz)||Cache (MB)||PCIe 4.0 lane||TDP (W)||Memory capacity (TB)||Memory support||RCP pricing|
|Xeon W-3375||38/76||2.5||4.0||3.3||57||64||270||4||8-channel DDR4-3200||USD 4,499|
|Xeon W-3365||32/64||2.7||4.0||3.5||48||64||270||4||8-channel DDR4-3200||3,499 USD|
|Xeon W-3345||24/48||3.0||4.0||3.7||36||64||250||4||8-channel DDR4-3200||USD 2,499|
|Xeon W-3335||16/32||3.4||4.0||3.7||twenty four||64||250||4||8-channel DDR4-3200||1,299 USD|
|Xeon W-3323||12/24||3.5||4.0||3.7||twenty one||64||220||4||8-channel DDR4-3200||949 USD|
Xeon W-3375 will lead with 38 cores, 76 threads and 57MB of L3 cache. The 38-core processor has a moderate 2.5 GHz base clock and 3.3 GHz full-core accelerated clock, with a 270W TDP.Compared with AMD’s specifications, the flagship SKU’s specifications are certainly mediocre Thread Ripper Pro Army with up to 64 cores.
According to Intel, the Xeon W-3365 is faster than AMD’s Threadripper Pro 3975WX, which also has 32 cores and 64 threads, despite the higher clock speed, more L3 cache, and 10W higher TDP. Intel claims that, compared with Threadripper Pro 3975WX, the performance of Xeon W-3365 in SPECworkstation 3 v3.1 product development, energy and general operation benchmarks has increased by 27%, 47% and 10%, respectively.
It is important to note the differences between the Intel Xeon W-3365 and Threadripper Pro 3975WX test systems. The first one has 128GB (8x16GB) DDR4-3200 memory and Samsung 980 Pro 1TB SSD, while the latter includes 64GB (8x8GB) DDR4-3200 memory and Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB SSD.
The 12-core Xeon W-3323 starts at US$949, and the 38-core Xeon W-3375 starts at US$4,499. In contrast, AMD’s 16-core Threadripper Pro 3955WX and 3995WX retail prices at US$1,149 and US$5,489, respectively.