However, Intel was only able to achieve that massive clock with some heavy-duty cooling hardware in order to blunt some of the "awe" that was bestowed upon AMD's second-generation Ryzen Threadripper family. Following its official October announcement, it now looks as though several retailers are ready to start selling the Xeon W-3175X.
The processor has appeared at four European retailers (1, 2, 3, 4) with prices that look to hover around $4,000. That's quite a hefty sum of money, but this isn't just your garden variety Xeon processor (as attested by its 265W TDP). As we stated above, it comes with a total of 28 cores and is HyperThreading enabled, which means that it is capable of executing 56 threads. It is built on 14nm++ Skylake architecture, and has base and boost clocks of 3.1GHz and 4.3GHz respectively.
The Xeon W-3175X is an unlocked LGA-3647 processor that contains 38.5MB of cache, supports six-channel DDR4-2666 memory and supports a total of 68 PCIe lanes (44 provided by the processor, and another 24 supplied by the chipset).
Intel told us back in October that we should start seeing Xeon W-3175X processors hit the market in December, and these early European listing back up that assertion. We now just have to sit back and wait to see how pricing lines up from U.S. distributors.
With that being said, the closest competitor for the Xeon W-3175X from the AMD camp would be the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX. This monster has 32 physical cores (64 threads), a total of 64MB of L3 cache, 64 PCIe lanes and supports quad-channel DDR4-2933 memory. The processor has a base clock of 3.0GHz and can boost of 4.2GHz. Most importantly, however, is that the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX carries an MSRP of $1,799.