New Xeon Ws from $294 to $1,333; new X-series from $590 to $979

Intel has pulled the covers off its newest generation Xeon W and X series platforms, slashing prices in the face of growing competition from AMD, and introducing a new technology designed to help software – e.g.

for financial simulation and modeling – run as fast as possible by identifying and prioritising the fastest available cores.

Intel said eight new high-end W-series Xeon processors (for business and performance workstations) and four new X-series processors (gaming and enthusiasts) will be available November, priced from $294 to $1,333.

The range tops out [pdf] at up to 4.8Ghz and be configured with up to 18 cores, 36 threads and 1TB DDR4 with ECC memory in a single-socket solution.

The W-series CPUs deliver “outstanding performance and expanded platform capabilities for data science, visual effects, 3D rendering, complex 3D CAD, AI development and edge deployments”, Intel said.

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