Intel’s up-and-coming Xeon W Processor likely to power Apple’s iMac Pro

Intel is all set to storm the PC processor battleground with its release of new variants in the Xeon W family. Packaged with other worthy components, the new kids on the block ensure that even performance hungry applications are satisfied trul

The new processors boast speeds that are 1.36x faster than the previous generation of processors and 1.87x faster than those from 4 years ago. Built on Intel’s 14nm+ semiconductor device fabrication node technology, they support the New on-Chip Mesh Architecture; termed as the “super highway” of the datacentre.

Top-notch components like the LGA 2066 motherboard with 48 PCIe 3.0 lanes and quad-channel DDR2-2666 ECC memory provides the perfect backbone for delivering premium performance at blinding speeds. There are expectations that the new processors will support acceleration technology like Intel’s own Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (AVX-512) acceleration, to crunch compute-intensive workloads.

The below table outlines a few specs of the new members of the Xeon family along with their prices:

Apple has confirmed that it would be using the 8, 10 and 18-Core Xeon W processors in the iMac Pro, due for release in December 2017. Intel has advised that the 18-Core models will be arriving by the fourth quarter of 2017, matching closely to the iMac Pro’s release date.

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