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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  • versesuvius - Saturday, February 2, 2019 - link

    Enter the era of bimbo chips.
  • Chaitanya - Saturday, February 2, 2019 - link

    Sadly that's what Intel has been doing for last year or so. Since Thread Ripper came to market, it been quite clear how big of a middle finger Intel had been showing to its HEDT users.
  • BigMamaInHouse - Saturday, February 2, 2019 - link

    Waiting to see how this cpu performes in CINEBENCH R15 EXTREME! - Unofficial MOD for the community to Stress HEDT platforms.
  • Ian Cutress - Saturday, February 2, 2019 - link

    AnandTech already has you covered. Check our benchmark database:
  • BigMamaInHouse - Saturday, February 2, 2019 - link

    Yes I know, but I was referring to modded CB R15 that renders x4 the resolution, and now 2700X takes over 3x the time to finish render. It's going to be great for 2990WX/ Xeon W-3175X and the new ThreadRipper with up-to 64 codes ;-)
    Original R15 iss to easy for this monster CPU'S.
  • FreckledTrout - Monday, February 4, 2019 - link

    Doesn't it simply scale to slower for the extreme test? Meaning if a CPU is 10% slower than another CPU in the Cinebench its 10% slower in the extreme version as well? Guess i'm not seeing the point.
  • BigMamaInHouse - Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - link

    On realy powerfull systems the score can jump +- 20%
    See this for example:Quad Xeon Platinum 8180
    We all know that this year we gonna see 64C/128T cous so it's gonna be better test for them vs normal R15, also if you check notebook review you see they need to do multiple CB R15 runs to show the actual performance based on the cooling performance, so with this mode with single run you gonna see the actual performance if the cooling cannot handle the CPU.
  • yannigr2 - Saturday, February 2, 2019 - link

    Intel is selling this chip as a marketing chip and nothing more. Of course for some people this doesn't matter. What it matters for them is that they need it and they have the money to buy it and use it.

    What it matters to me, is to see which sites will throw this processor on the top of their CPU charts when publishing reviews. Which sites will play Intel's marketing game.
  • Sahrin - Saturday, February 2, 2019 - link

    The 9900K is the same thing. A $550 desktop processor? For what? That's maybe 10% faster than a chip half its price?

    Intel wants to have its cake (volume) and eat it, too (margins).

    And tech review sites play right into their hand by awarding EC's and smacking this worthless 'and the sink, too' chips at them.
  • Sttm - Saturday, February 2, 2019 - link

    Its the fastest processor for gaming on the market, and with how much GPUs have gone up its hard to argue with spending the extra couple hundred after you dropped $1200 on the 2080ti. Might as well have the best.

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