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18-Core Intel Xeon W Processor is Likely to Be Integrated into Apple’s iMac Pro

17/9/2017
Reymart Jan Sarigumba

In this year’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, the company announced that it will be using Intel Xeon W processors in its all-new iMac Pro computers with three core options -  8, 10, and 18. Starting at $4,999 (around RM 20,923), the octa-core iMac Pro will also come with a 5K resolution Retina display, AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics, 32GB DDR4 memory, a 1TB SSD, and much more. While these features seem incredibly sufficient, the higher cores are expected to be way more powerful and more expensive too.

During its launch, Intel revealed that prices for the Intel Xeon W processors range from $294 (around RM 1,230) for the basic, quad-core model and can go up to $1,440(approx. RM 6,027) for the deca-core variant. The company has not disclosed the prices of the 14-core and 18-core SKUs yet, both of which should be very costly and could skyrocket iMac Pro’s price all the way up to as much as $10,000.

Intel is ready to unveil its incredibly powerful line of Xeon W processors in the market. Since they are 1.36 times faster than previous models, Xeon W processors are ideal for high-performance workstations that require heavy-duty processing power.

As soon as the product range is launched, Intel has yet to unveil when it will start shipping its Xeon W processor range line. However, they did advise that the 18-core variants will be launched by late 2017. That said, this launch date matches to the expected release date for the iMac Pro in December. 

As for the iMac Pro’s other features and specs, it will come with a 27-inch 5K P3 display that can be configured up to 128GB of DDR4 ECC memory. It will also house an AMD Radeon Pro Vega GPUs and have a 10 GB network connectivity. As of writing, Apple hasn’t disclosed the release dates of this much-awaited top-of-the-line computer in Southeast Asian markets.

Apple iMac Pro Specs

Apple iMac Pro Specs

Specs
Release Date in Malaysia
ModelMac Pro
DateAug 2016
Processor
Processor frequency3.5 GHz
Processor familyIntel® Xeon® E5 Family
Processor modelE5-1650V2
Processor cores6
Number of processors installed1
Processor boost frequency3.9 GHz
Processor socketLGA 2011 (Socket R)
Processor cache12 MB
Processor cache typeSmart Cache
Processor threads12
PCI Express slots version3.0
Processor lithography22 nm
Processor operating modes64-bit
Bus typeQPI
Processor codenameIvy Bridge EP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)130 W
Processor seriesIntel Xeon E5-1600 v2
FSB Parity
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes40
PCI Express configurationsx4, x8, x16
Tcase70 °C
Maximum internal memory supported by processor256 GB
Conflict Free processor
Memory types supported by processorDDR3-SDRAM
Memory clock speeds supported by processor800,1066,1333,1600,1866 MHz
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max)59.7 GB/s
Memory channels supported by processorQuad
ECC supported by processor
Memory
Internal memory16 GB
Internal memory typeDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory64 GB
Memory layout (slots x size)4 x 4 GB
Memory slots4x DIMM
Memory clock speed1866 MHz
ECC
Optical drive
Optical drive type
Ports & interfaces
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity4
DVI port
HDMI ports quantity1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports2
Microphone in
Headphone outputs1
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity6
HDMI version1.4
DC-in jack
Line-out
Weight & dimensions
Width167.6 mm
Depth167.6 mm
Height251.5 mm
Weight5 kg
Power
Power supply450 W
Power supply input frequency50/60
Power supply input voltage100 - 240
Networking
Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN data rates10,100,1000 Mbit/s
Cabling technology10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Wi-Fi standards802.11a,802.11ac,802.11b,802.11g,802.11n
Bluetooth
Bluetooth version4.0
Storage
Total storage capacity256 GB
Card reader integrated
Storage mediaFlash
Software
Operating system installedMac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Packaging content
Display included
Keyboard supplied
Mouse included
Cables includedAC
Design
Colour of productBlack
Chassis typeDesktop
Placement supportedVertical
Water cooling system
Graphics
Discrete graphics adapter modelAMD FirePro D500
Discrete graphics memory typeGDDR5
Discrete graphics adapter memory3072 GB
Number of discrete graphics adapters2
Performance
Product typeWorkstation

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