Intel has just introduced its new collection of Xeon processors. These processors are intended for all those computers intended for more professional work or tasks. Thanks to this new Xeon W range with up to 18 cores on a single chip, Apple could make these the next processors in the iMac Pro .
New Intel Xeon W processors
The new range of Xeon W processors provides a 38% improvement over the previous generation , which means that we are looking at processors with a performance improvement of around 87% compared to the company’s processors launched 4 years ago. For the latest version, Intel’s Xeon W range offers up to 18 cores, with clock speeds of up to 4.5 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology 2.0.
Features of the Intel Xeon W
Under a 14 nanometer architecture, all chips within the Xeon W range use the LGA2066 socket, with 48 PCIe 3.0 lanes, AVX-512 acceleration and support for four-channel DDR4-2666 ECC memory. Across the Xeon W range, Intel has established the low thermal design point (TDP) at a price starting at $294 , with the quad-core Xeon W-2123 offering a base and clock speeds of 3.6 GHz and 3.9 GHz respectively, a TDP of 120w and 8.25 MB of L3 cache. Although Intel has not revealed how much the 14-core and 18-core processor will cost, the 10-core Xeon W-2155 is priced at $1,440 .
How does this presentation affect Apple and its Macs?
Although there’s nothing official, it’s quite likely that this new generation of Xeon processors will be used by Apple in the iMac Pro. Remember that Cupertino has already confirmed that they will use 8-core, 10-core, and 18-core Xeon processors in the iMac Pro .
The Xeon W processors are not the only Intel releases so far this year, remember that the company has already introduced its scalable Xeon Purley processors .
Intel Xeon W processor
Processors for workstations and servers that use built in a mesh architecture. An architecture that seeks to decrease latency between processors , compared to the previous ring-based architecture used by Intel in the last eight years.
While Purley processors are designed for high intensity tasks, such as those found in data centers, they also have the potential for use in workstations for video editing and other heavy applications . This may indicate that Apple could use them within its high-end Macs.
Will we see the Intel Xeon W in the iMac Pro by the end of the year? It looks like it
According to Intel itself, the current list of “Purley” processors includes 8-core and 18-core chips, but not the 10-core processor that Apple said the iMac Pro will deliver . Although we’re based on premonitions, Apple’s announcement of 10-core chips makes this family of chips unusable by the California company.
Apple’s trend towards lower TDP-rated processors also gives the Xeon W range an advantage over Purley processors. The Purley Xeon range typically has a TDP of over 140w, increasing to 205w for some models .
iMac Pro model in space grey
Another important piece of information is that Intel has not yet revealed when the Xeon W range of processors will be released, however, it has confirmed that the 18-core chips will be arriving on the market in the fourth quarter of 2017 . This launch period coincides with the planned launch date for the new iMac Pro. Too many coincidences, right?
iMac Pro will come with the same design as the current iMac, however, this device will have a ” Space Grey ” color, 27-inch 5K display, configurable with up to 128GB of DDR4 memory, using an AMD Radeon Pro Vega GPU and 10GB network connectivity. A device that will become the company’s most expensive model as its price will start at $4,999 in the United States.