Apple’s customers should be delighted to find out their iMac Pros are well on their way.
Inside of those new “mini supercomputers” are a special variant of Intel’s Xeon W SKUs.
|Apple’s Xeon W Processors|
|W-2140B||8||16||8 MiB||11 MiB||3.2 GHz||4.2 GHz|
|W-2150B||10||20||10 MiB||13.75 MiB||3.0 GHz||4.5 GHz|
|W-2170B||14||28||14 MiB||19.25 MiB||2.5 GHz||4.3 GHz|
|W-2191B||18||36||18 MiB||24.75 MiB||2.3 GHz||4.3 GHz|
Note that for their own specs, Apple adds the level 2 and level 3 cache sizes together. Those parts have just about every feature enabled apart from Turbo Boost Max 3.0, which is reserved for Intel’s Core X enthusiasts line of processors. This includes ECC, up to quad-channel DDR4-2666 memory, and Intel’s new AVX-512 extension.
All standard Xeon W parts with 6 to 18 cores have the same TDP rating of 140 W and a TCASE of 64-70 °C. The most interesting question left is the TDP for those B parts. Both the 8-core and 10-core B versions have a slightly lower clock than their mainstream counterparts, strongly suggesting they have a lower TDP. Apple’s iMac Pros are great computers but they are still very limited in their ability to remove heat. With lower clock frequency we expect the “B” parts to have lower TDP, allowing those computers to run cooler under continuous load. While the 14 and 18 core parts have the same base and turbo frequencies, they too might be specially-binned chips with lower TDP.
|Standard vs. “B” Xeon W Processors|
|8 / 16||10 / 20|
|Base||3.7 GHz||3.2 GHz||3.3 GHz||3.0 GHz|
|Turbo||4.5 GHz||4.2 GHz||4.5 GHz||4.5 GHz|
|TDP||140 W||? W||140 W||? W|
Planned 12 and 16 core parts?
If you look carefully at the SKU numbering, you will find that Intel has left room for two more possible parts – 12 and 16 cores models. Note that this applies to both mainstream as well as Apple’s “B” SKUs.
|Xeon W Lineup|
|Standard||Apple||Cores / Threads|
|W-2145||W-2140B||8 / 16|
|W-2155||W-2150B||10 / 20|
|W-2165||W-2160B||12 / 24|
|W-2175||W-2170B||14 / 28|
|W-2185||W-2180B||16 / 32|
|W-2195||W-2191B||18 / 36|
Those parts might show up sometimes later next year or possibly never. Either way Intel has clearly left room in case they decide to introduce them.