THE Intel do not stop!
About a week after introducing the eighth generation of Core line processors to the world, the processor giant has already put the spotlight on itself again by announcing a different type of beast: the new generation of chips Intel Xeon W, intended for professional machines and workstations.
The new line arrives to replace the current models Xeon E5 and E7, which equip the Mac Pro “lixeirinha”, and to fill a gap in the intermediate segment of high performance processors – now, the company starts offering “basic” professional models in the line Xeon E3, which continues to exist; middlemen are covered by the new Xeon W line, while ultra-advanced Xeon SP processors remain at the top of the performance pyramid.
Models of 4, 6, 8, 10, 14 and 18 cores will be available in the Xeon W line – all of them, according to Intel, present approximately 38% higher performance compared to the previous generation. We have here, as well as in the new Core models presented last week, Turbo Boost 2.0 technology, which allows a much greater expansion in the standard and turbo speeds of the clock.
All models of the new line are shown in the table below, with their respective technical specifications:
Intel did not provide further details on the expected availability of the new processors other than the information that they will be launched sometime in the fourth quarter of 2017. The timing it seems to be excellent for Apple to adopt the new generation of chips in its so-called new modular Mac Pro, although, of course, this should not be treated as a confirmation until Apple itself speaks.
Regarding the upcoming iMac Pro, on the other hand, it seems that Cupertino will choose the more affordable Core X line.