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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looking for tech in all the wrong places - Monday, July 13, 2020 - linkI've been looking at building or buying a machine for work and pleasure, and much of what I do is single thread speed bound. Intel still wins in this department. Not by a ton, but when all is said and done, at similar price points, ryzen gets me 3-4 year old speeds compared to intel. The only advantage I'm seeing from AMD is that the socket is supported relatively longer, but it's looking dicey as to whether a MB I buy today will be able to take whatever latest and greatest that they're offering in two years, given that we're already pretty deep into the life of the AM4 socket.
vladpetric - Thursday, May 14, 2020 - linkHas anyone tested the non-pro Ryzens, with a proper mobo, to see that ECC does actually work?
As someone else suggested, "supports" is legally-safe weasel wording.
AntonErtl - Friday, May 15, 2020 - link<a href="https://hardwarecanucks.com/forum/threads/ecc-memo... have. And we followed them and tested our first <a href="https://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/anton/ryzen-serv... server</a>. For our most recent build we did not go to these lengths and just checked that the Linux kernel reports that ECC is enabled.
For our Intel-based servers we have never intentionally tested whether ECC actually works. However, we have ssen some ECC correction reports on some (typically failing) hardware, so it seems to be working, too.
AntonErtl - Friday, May 15, 2020 - linkThe links are:
mode_13h - Sunday, May 17, 2020 - linkAsrock Rack makes some AM4 server boards that advertise ECC support for certain non-Pro Ryzen models. Presumably, they actually tested it.
evilpaul666 - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - linkIs there really no longer ECC support in the i3/Pentium/Celeron chips this "generation"?
cbm80 - Thursday, May 14, 2020 - linkThat's correct, they removed ECC.
I guess the big customers like HP and Dell told Intel that they were going to skip "10th Gen", so no need.
looking for tech in all the wrong places - Monday, July 13, 2020 - linki3-10100E/i3-10100TE Processors both support ECC and are listed as 10th generation. But they're slower than the others, meant for embedded market/IoT
mode_13h - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link> One big question that arose about these new Xeon W-1200 processors is what happens to the Xeon E series.
Exactly what I wondered. Thank you for inquiring about that.
flgt - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - linkThey have to have something for low cost single socket servers. Maybe they trade the igpu for more cores in that segment to keep up with the competition. Or maybe they will just use the W series, but felt it was more important for marketing to emphasize the workstation end use. Hard to figure out Intel branding nowadays.