AMD Ryzen has been nothing short of a second coming for AMD. AMD is giving Intel a run for its money with its Ryzen CPUs like the 2700X and the Threadripper 2990WX. However, Intel isn’t giving up just yet as it is preparing its 28-Core Intel Xeon W-3175X. However, its price tag might be its downfall.
According to online listings for 28-Core Intel Xeon W-3175X, the CPU will cost you around $4,000. Not only that, reportedly, in the UK this 28-Core Intel Xeon W-3175X will cost around £5,999. However, there is a promotion going on, reducing the price to £4,045.
The Intel Xeon W-3175X comes with 28-Cores, 56 threads, 3.1 GHz of base clock and 4.3 GHz of boost clock. Furthermore, the Intel Xeon W-3175X is based on the 14 nm process node and also brings 38.5MB of Smart Cache.
The 28-Cores Xeon W-3175X was announced back in October. Intel has designed the processor to directly compete with Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX. However, this $4000 price tag will make it difficult to compete since Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX is around $1,799.
Price aside, AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX features 32-Cores which are 4 more compared to Xeon W-3175X. The only thing that will save Xeon W-3175X if it manages to outperform Threadripper 2990WX which seems unlikely.
Also, this is the same 28-Core CPU for which Intel had to face a lot of backlash as the processor was running on a system using a 1770W water chiller. The chiller and overclocking helped Intel to achieve the 5GHz Cinebench score.
While Intel didn’t deny that the 28-Core Intel Xeon W-3175X was overclocked but noted that they forgot to mention the overclock. According to Intel, “in the excitement of the moment” the company merely “forgot” to mention that the CPU was overclocked.
It’s going to be interesting to see Intel try to counter AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX. However, Intel’s current attempts to counter AMD Ryzen as a whole haven’t been fruitful.
Not only that, Ryzen outsold Intel by 2:1 in the month of November 2018. This is according to the stats revealed by German eTailer Mindfactory. AMD Ryzen 5 2600 lead the charge against Intel in terms of most units sold. However, it was the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X brought in the most revenue for AMD.
But in terms of revenue, the gap between the two was almost minimal. AMD accounted for 56% of the overall CPU revenue while Intel amounted for 44% of revenue.
Speaking of Intel, Intel’s KF Variants for its 9th-gen Intel Coffee Lake refreshes have leaked online. These KF variants include Intel Core i9-9900KF, the Core i7-9700KF, Core i5-9600KF, and the Core i3-9350KF.
While K could mean an overclockable CPU but, what “F” means remains a mystery for now. Reportedly, the “F” means no integrated GPU.
Intel is facing tough times in the CPU market but, the company isn’t giving up as Intel is working on a discrete GPU of its own. Intel has grabbed former AMD Radeon employees to work on its discrete GPU including Raja Koduri, former head of Radeon tech group.
The company has only teased its upcoming Discrete Graphics card. A brief video was revealed to showcase Intel Discrete GPU. According to Intel, the GPU comes out in 2020 and is a “fully compliant DX12 graphics processor”.