One of the comments we got from Intel about the new unlocked 28-core Xeon W-3175X processor was that it would only be available through boutique system integrators or OEMs, like Dell or HP. It now transpires that Intel is intending to sell these processors with full retail packaging. As spotted on Twitter, the parts have already been showing up in the Tokyo Tech Plaza in Japan, for an eye-watering $3880 (plus 8% JPY sales tax).

Intel’s new behemoth, with an announced RCP of $2999, is now available at (and posted on Twitter by) Tsukomo PC Honten, a computer store in Tokyo, Japan.

The store is selling the CPU for JPY ¥459000, which if you take out Japanese sales tax comes to $3880. The store states on Twitter that they do not have access to the ASUS Dominus Extreme motherboard yet, the only motherboard that currently supports the processor at this time. When speaking to ASUS, as of two days ago, they stated that the Dominus Extreme was only going to be available to system integrators and so there is not an official MSRP for that product at this time.

That hasn’t stopped some retailers waiting for orders of the motherboard to come through, to perhaps sell the board on its own as an OEM-only part. Listings for the motherboard have appeared on ShopBLT and CompSource, with prices of $1728 and $1799 respectively.

With that being said, several users have delved into the new Dominus Extreme BIOS code and looked at the relevant microcode patches to enable the W-3175X. The idea has been floated that the relevant microcode that enables the CPU could be transferred to another LGA3647 motherboard, such as the ASUS WS-C621E-SAGE, however no-one has tried it at this time, at the risk of breaking an expensive CPU and expensive motherboard in the process.

We are still waiting for GIGABYTE to finalize their motherboard for this processor, however the timeline for the production and retail of that board is unknown at this time. At CES, it was clear they did not have the board ready based on conversations we had.

So now we play a fun game. A new high-end halo processor is now available at retail. The question is if the motherboards will be (or not), or if current LGA3647 motherboards on the market will be updated.

Don't forget to read our review of this new Intel halo processor!

The Intel Xeon W-3175X Review: 28 Unlocked Cores, $2999

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  • TheinsanegamerN - Saturday, February 2, 2019 - link

    It's an easy argument. 99% of users will not see a difference between the 9900K and 8700k, and the 8700k has the advantage of not needing a freezer for cooling.

    Why spend double the price for 1% better performance? If you need more FPS, OC the 8700K and the CPU will never be a bottleneck again,
  • FreckledTrout - Monday, February 4, 2019 - link

    Halo PC products always get the glory, always have. Its why Nvidia has outsold ATI/AMD over the years because they always had the halo product that was very low volume. People would buy lessor Nvidia cards at the mid to low end because Nvidia has the "best" even when those were lessor products than ATI/AMD for the same money.
  • Qasar - Sunday, February 3, 2019 - link

    how is the 9900k the same thing ??? 9900k is only 8 cores.. not 28...
  • GreenReaper - Sunday, February 3, 2019 - link

    I think they were saying that it is the same thing in that it is "for marketing" rather than something that will move the market and be a big seller (if only because they cannot supply it in true volume).
  • madmilk - Saturday, February 2, 2019 - link

    I think in the end, $3000 is not too bad of a price for this chip - provided your workload can benefit from ECC RDIMM support as this is a Xeon not an i9. Basically, workstation workloads needing more than ~128GB of RAM and a ton of cores. $3000 is still a lot cheaper than going with a similar multi-socket Xeon / EPYC setup. It's a lot higher clocked than the fastest single-socket EPYC 7551P, which isn't too cheap either at $2100. The only other option with a similar number of cores is Threadripper, and the astronomical price per GB (and 16GB per DIMM maximum) of ECC UDIMMs narrows the price difference quite a bit.

    Now if anyone buys this for gaming... someone at Intel will be laughing all the way to the bank.
  • twtech - Monday, February 4, 2019 - link

    That was my original thought when I heard about this chip, but they're not making very many of them, and it doesn't sound like any of the big workstation manufacturers like Dell or HP will be offering systems with this chip in it.

    Instead I see cases and components with RGB lighting, gold and crystal colored memory kits, etc. Not exactly what you'd expect a workstation customer to be looking for. So it's hard to say who will actually end up buying this.
  • Hxx - Sunday, February 3, 2019 - link

    In for 10. can it run crysis?
  • bctm - Sunday, February 3, 2019 - link

    Looking at the photo, the JPY459,000 price at tsukumo is tax-excluded (税別) so that's actually USD 4,188, tax excluded...
  • piroroadkill - Monday, February 4, 2019 - link

    But it's shit. It chows down on power like absolute crazy, and requires a board that costs more than most systems. It's not even all that amazing in terms of performance. Once Zen2 Threadripper hits, this thing will look like a paperweight...

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