Ultimate Workstation Performance1

Optimized to Over-Deliver1
Designed for professionals, workstations powered by Intel® Xeon® processors are the trusted platform for the next generation of professional product designers, content creators, and data scientists. With the ideal combination of processor power, memory, and Intel® Optane™ storage, Intel® Xeon® processor-based workstations enable you to create, test, and deliver solutions faster than ever.

Pervasive, Breakthrough Performance1
From its new Intel® Mesh Architecture and widely expanded resources to its hardware-accelerating technologies like Intel® AVX-512, Intel® Xeon® Scalable and Intel® Xeon® W processor-based workstation platforms enable a new level of breakthrough performance.1 Whether your application scales based on processor frequency or on the number of cores and threads, Intel Xeon processors provide a flexible range of options with processors up to 4.5 GHz or up to 28 cores.

Intel® Xeon® Processors Provide Maximum Performance and Uptimes for Workstation Workloads1

 

What Matters?

Intel® Xeon® Processor Advantages


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I can run applications easily and efficiently without getting bogged down

Frequency optimized1 options from 4 to 28 core options, per processor, mean you spend more time creating and less time waiting


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I can increase productivity by minimizing system downtown

Server-class processors designed and manufactured to perform in always-on usage scenarios


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I can explore more possibilities by designing in 3D virtual reality

Applications optimized for the vector processing capabilities of Intel® AVX-512 deliver significantly increased performance2 to drive complex, 3D CAD and content creation applications


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My designs and simulations are accurate

Error correcting code (ECC) hardware circuitry built onto workstations powered by Intel® Xeon® processor tests for and corrects errors in your data as it passes in and out of memory

Foundational Enhancements
Higher per-core performance or higher frequency performance
: Up to 28 cores and 56 threads, per processor, for Intel Xeon Scalable processors and up to 18 cores and 36 threads for Intel Xeon W processors delivering high performance and scalability for compute-intensive workstation workloads. For frequency-bound workstation applications, Intel Xeon W processors provide up to 4.5 GHz of frequency to drive increased performance.3

  • Expanded I/O: 48 lanes of PCIe* 3.0 bandwidth and throughput for demanding I/O-intensive workloads.
  • Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512): With double the flops per clock cycle compared to previous generation Intel® AVX2,2 Intel® AVX-512 boosts performance, and throughput2 for the most demanding computational tasks in applications, such as modeling and simulation, data analytics and machine learning, visualization, and digital content creation.

Essential Workstation Features
Error correcting code (ECC):
Error correcting code, or ECC memory, automatically detects and repairs single-bit errors on-the-fly to keep workstation applications running reliably and free of data corruption.

  • Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0: Dynamically increases the processor’s frequency, as needed, by taking advantage of thermal and power headroom when operating below specified limits.
  • Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology: Delivers two processing threads per physical core. Highly threaded applications can get more work done in parallel, completing tasks sooner.
  • Intel® Speed Shift Technology: Delivers dramatically quicker responsiveness1 with single-threaded, transient workloads by allowing the processor to more quickly select its best operating frequency and voltage for performance and power efficiency.
  • Intel® vPro™ Technology: Intel® vPro™ technology delivers hardware-enhanced security features, identity protection features, and remote manageability features to ease workstation deployment for IT managers.
  • Integrated Intel® Ethernet: Intel 1 Gigabit Ethernet provides high-bandwidth access to simulation, rendering, or analytics servers.

New Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors Deliver World Class Performance for Expert Workstation Professionals
Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors deliver breakthrough performance1 for photorealistic design, modeling, and content creation done in real-time. Stunning professional quality VR experiences immerse the creator into the design, simulation, animation, and video.

With up to 28 cores at 3.8 GHz4 or 6 cores at 4.2 GHz,4 per processor, the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor delivers dual-socket, world class performance,1 to a broad range of workstation applications.

Based on the SPECwpc* 2.1, a benchmark that measures key aspects of workstation performance based on a diverse set of professional workstation applications, the Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 platform delivers an up to 4.02x performance increase5 versus a typical dual- socket 4-year-old workstation based on the Intel® Xeon® E5-2687W v2 platform. The benchmark includes more than 30 workloads to test the processor, graphics, I/O, and memory bandwidth of the workstation.

New Intel® Xeon® W Processors Deliver Optimized Performance for Mainstream Workstation Professionals
The new Intel® Xeon® W processors are based on the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor microarchitecture, but designed into a cost-optimized1 1-socket form factor specifically for professional workstations.

With up to 18 cores at 4.3 GHz4 or 4 cores at 4.5 GHz,4 Intel® Xeon® W processors deliver optimized performance1 whether your workstation application scales best with increased processor core count or with increased processor frequency. With Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, you can further boost performance for frequency-bound applications.

Based on SPECwpc* 2.1 the Intel Xeon W-2155 platform delivers an up to 4.07x performance increase3 versus a typical 4-year-old workstation based on the Intel® Xeon® E5-1680 v2 platform.

Note: The Intel® Xeon® W-2155 processor features 10 cores operating at a base frequency of 3.3 GHz. Intel is also offering two higher core count SKUs in the 18 core Intel® Xeon® W-2195 processor and the 14 core Intel® Xeon® W-2175 processor. Intel also offers lower core count SKUs with higher base and Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 frequencies.

Professional Workstation Storage Support
A balanced workstation platform goes beyond just raw compute, memory, and network performance. Storage innovations can drive significant improvements in efficiency and performance of data-hungry workloads. Both the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and the Intel Xeon W processors feature key storage enhancements.

  • Support for Intel® Optane™ SSDs and Intel® 3D NAND Solid State Drives: Delivers an enhanced combination of high throughput, low latency, high QoS, and ultra-high endurance to break through data access bottlenecks.6
  • Intel® Software for Storage: Optimizes storage hardware, such as encryption, for increased storage performance.
  • Intel® Virtual RAID on Chip (Intel® VROC): Directly attach NVMe* SSDs to the CPU PCIe* lanes to unleash NVMe* RAID performance at low power and low TCO.
  • Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RSTe) for SATA RAID SSDs: Dynamic storage accelerator accelerates the performance of your SSD by dynamically adjusting system power management policies to deliver enhanced performance during heavy multitasking compared to default power management.
  • Intel® Cache Acceleration Software (Intel® CAS): Combined with Intel® Solid State Drives, Intel® CAS interoperates with system memory to create a multilevel cache that automatically determines the best cache level for active data.

Product and Performance Information

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Statements are based on new Intel® products and features compared against historical Intel products and features. Unless otherwise noted, statements and examples referencing Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors are shown based on a dual-socket configuration. Statements and examples referencing Intel® Xeon® W processors are shown as single-socket configurations only.

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As measured by Intel comparing Intel® Xeon® processor Scalable family with Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512) to an Intel® Xeon® E5 v4 processor with Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (Intel® AVX2).

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Intel® Xeon® W processor performance compared to a four-year-old mainstream workstation. Config: Estimated SPECwpc 2.1:1-Node, 1x Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-1680 v2 on Romley-EP Crownpass system with 64GB of memory on Microsoft Windows* 7 Professional 64-bit using AMD* FirePro* W5000 DVI graphics card and TOSHIBA 1TB HDD compared to 1-Node, Intel® Xeon® W-2155 Processor on a Basin falls RVP system with 128GB of memory on Microsoft Windows® 10 Enterprise edition using Nvidia* Quadro P2000 graphics card Intel® SSD S3710 400GB for OS, P3700 800GB for workload. Comparison performed by Intel.

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Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 frequency shown. Performance varies depending on hardware, software, and system configuration. For more information, visit https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/turbo-boost/turbo-boost-technology.html

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Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor performance compared to a four-year-old expert workstation. Config: Estimated SPECwpc 2.1:1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2687W v2 on Grantley-EP (Wellsburg) with 64 GB of memory on Microsoft Windows* 7 Professional 64-bit using Nvidia* Quadro K2200 graphics card and Seagate HDD 3.5’’ 500G ,7200 RPM compared to 1-Node, 2x Intel® Xeon® Gold 6154 processor on Wolf Pass SKX system with 384GB of memory on Microsoft Windows® 10 Enterprise 64-bit edition using Nvidia* Quadro P2000 graphics card and Intel® SSD S3710 800GB for OS, P3700 1.5T for workload. Comparison performed by Intel.

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Responsiveness defined as average read latency measured at queue depth 1 during 4k random write workload. Measured using FIO 2.15. Common configuration - Intel 2U PCSD Server (“Wildcat Pass”), OS CentOS 7.2, kernel 3.10.0-327.el7.x86_64, CPU 2 x Intel® Xeon® E5-2699 v4 @ 2.20GHz (22 cores), RAM 396GB DDR @ 2133MHz. Intel drives evaluated - Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X 375GB and Intel® SSD DC P3700 1600GB. Samsung drives evaluated – Samsung* SSD PM1725a, Samsung* SSD PM1725, Samsung* PM963, Samsung* PM953. Micron drive evaluated – Micron* 9100 PCIe* NVMe* SSD. Toshiba drives evaluated – Toshiba* ZD6300. Test – QD1 Random Read 4K latency, QD1 Random RW 4K 70% Read latency, QD1 Random Write 4K latency using fio-2.15.