Oct 7, 2019

Intel Unveils New W-2200 Cascade Lake-X Xeon Chips, Suitable For Next-Gen iMac Pro

Intel today unveiled the new W-2200 Cascade Lake-X Xeon processor, ideal for the next generation of iMac Pro. Intel claims that the new Xeon W-2200 and X-series processors are targeted to be available starting this November, along with a new pricing structure, and promised it will drop the prices by up to almost 50 percent compared to prior-generation Xeon chips.


The W-2200 chip supports up to 18 of AVX 512 enabled cores, AVX 512, 48 PCIe channels, and features Intel's own Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, as well as the AI acceleration for quick handling of visual effects, 3D rendering, and more.

Furthermore, Intel asserts that the latest Xeon 3D architectural rendering chip are up to 2x faster, while 4K video editing has seen up to 97% improvement over the previous one, it also take 2.1 times less for video game compiling,
“The professional and enthusiast communities require product engineering that caters to their specific mission-critical needs and keeps them on the cutting edge of technology advancements. This means the best hardware and software optimizations, but also looking at how we can infuse things like AI acceleration,” said Frank Soqui, Intel vice president and general manager of Desktop, Workstation and Channel Group. “No matter if you are a data scientist, cinema creator or freelancer, Intel Xeon W and X-series offer power and flexibility of choice, enabling you to keep working creatively and competitively across even the most intensive workloads.”
However, reports have suggested that Apple will launch the latest iMac Pro in the near future, but it's unclear if the company plans to release one this month, or in early 2020. At present, the iMac Pro comes with a customized version of the Intel Xeon W processor. Sooner or later, Apple may choose a W-2200 chip or continue to use a custom version of the Xeon W.

With Intel's new pricing structure, it's certainly possible that Apple may lower the price of the new iMac Pro by at least a small margin, if not any more than that.

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