Intel Xeon W-2275 Review

High-end server processor released in 2019 with 14 cores and 28 threads. With base clock at 3.3GHz, max speed at 4.8GHz, and a 165W power rating. Xeon W-2275 is based on the Cascade Lake SP 14nm family and part of the Xeon W series.
Price 44.4%
Speed 91%
Productivity 100%
Gaming 93%
Category Server
Target high-end
Socket Compatibility LGA2066
Integrated Graphics
Cooler Included
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2019 Model
Price 1112 USD
Number of Cores 14 Cores
Number of Threads 28 Threads
Core Frequency 3.3 GHz
Boost Frequency 4.8 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.8 GHz
Power Consumption 165 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 19.25 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 1024 GB
Price-Value Score 44.4 %
Speed Score 91 %
Productivity Score 100 %
Gaming Score 93 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 17.9 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 8.9 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 4.5 %
Overall Score 58/100

The Xeon W-2275 is one of Intel's high-end Server processors. It was released in 2019 with 14 cores and 28 threads. With base clock at 3.3GHz, max speed at 4.8GHz, and a 165W power rating. The Xeon W-2275 is based on the Cascade Lake SP 14nm family and is part of the Xeon W series.

Speaking of which, if you want a high-end desktop (HEDT) 24-core processor that can compete with the Intel Xeon W-2275, you’re going to have to drop quite a bit more cash and get something like the $1299 AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX. And, even if you do go with this AMD chip, you won’t necessarily end up with the same level of performance.

It shouldn’t be too terribly surprising that a 14-core, 28-thread processor with a 4.8GHz boost clock performs like an absolute monster. The Intel Xeon W-2275 is straight up the fastest piece of silicon you can buy without wading into the HEDT scene – at least until moving to the Xeon W-2295.

The Intel Xeon W-2275 is an absolute behemoth of a processor, as it absolutely should be with its 14 cores, 28 threads and high price tag. If you’re looking for the absolute best processor money can buy on a mainstream processor, then look no further. Whether you’re playing PC games or even doing hardcore video and 3D work, the Intel Xeon W-2275 can handle them with ease.

The Xeon W-2275 slots in beneath the Xeon W-2295, which comes with 14nm compute die to yield a 18-core 36-thread part. Intel has worked wonders to reduce the impact of this sort of multi-chip arrangement, but it's fair to assume that the Xeon W-2275s single-compute-die design, paired with a higher TDP rating that facilitates more aggressive boost clocks, could actually rival the Xeon W-2295 in some applications – games included.

We covered the deep dive details of the Cascade Lake SP chip design in our Intel Xeon W-2295 and Xeon W-2265 review, so head there for more information on the Xeon W-2275's architecture, which is identical to the Xeon W-2265.

What this all means is that the Intel Xeon W-2275 is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you're counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you're going to see firsthand a performance boost with the Xeon W-2275.

The gaming tests with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti installed in the test system showed the Intel Xeon W-2275 was more capable than many might have expected. The basic high-end processor from Intel that can be picked up for $1112 was able to out perform the Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX that runs $1299 shipped in the three games we tested on. We know that you can’t test on just three games and declare something the overall victor, but it just goes to show that 14-core processors can still manage to get by today. Being able to play current game titles and stream to Twitch on the Xeon W-2275 was something we give playable results, but we were pleasantly surprised. As games become more threaded the ‘value’ in a 14-core processor continues to go down, but you can still get by with something like the Xeon W-2275 in a pinch.

With Xeon W, Intel continues to innovate on its new architecture and 14nm process. Like Xeon W, Intel has engineered Xeon W to operate on a LGA2066 chipset with all the modern amenities of computing. This includes support for DDR4 RAM, the fastest NVMe SSDs and Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Now the biggest question is can Intel’s Xeon W processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 93% in our benchmarks.

Regardless of those external factors, the Xeon W-2275 proves it has the chops to be your main gaming system and a just as effective media creation platform – two things that are becoming intrinsically connected in this age of live-streaming, eSports and uploading gameplay videos.

That said, to squeeze out all the potential of this surprisingly potent high-end chip, you’ll want (and need) to splurge on an enthusiast-grade X299 motherboard.

Which GPU to Pick for Intel Xeon W-2275

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the Intel Xeon W-2275.

GPU Price Cost/Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $2,499 $16.1 154.9 FPS
131 FPS
82.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $1,299 $8.6 150.8 FPS
127.5 FPS
80.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $699 $5.1 136.8 FPS
114.6 FPS
71.7 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $2,999 $22.9 131.2 FPS
110.9 FPS
71.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $699 $5.4 129.4 FPS
107.2 FPS
66.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $759 $6.3 121.2 FPS
102.2 FPS
64 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $499 $4.1 120.5 FPS
98.7 FPS
61.7 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $1,199 $10.1 118.9 FPS
98.7 FPS
63.1 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $699 $5.9 118.9 FPS
98 FPS
60.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $399 $3.4 115.8 FPS
95.4 FPS
58.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $499 $4.4 114.2 FPS
92.2 FPS
58.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $400 $3.7 108.1 FPS
85.8 FPS
53.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $349 $3.3 106.1 FPS
87.5 FPS
53.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $499 $4.8 103 FPS
83.6 FPS
51.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $350 $3.4 101.7 FPS
79 FPS
48.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $279 $2.8 100.1 FPS
81.8 FPS
50.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $1,499 $15.5 96.5 FPS
77.2 FPS
50.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $499 $5.2 96.2 FPS
79.4 FPS
48.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $409 $4.3 95.4 FPS
77.4 FPS
47.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $999 $10.8 92.8 FPS
74.4 FPS
45.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $279 $3.1 90.8 FPS
73.7 FPS
45.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $399 $4.4 90.2 FPS
74.2 FPS
45.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $399 $4.5 87.8 FPS
70.7 FPS
43.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $229 $2.7 85.6 FPS
69.5 FPS
42.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $649 $8 80.7 FPS
65.2 FPS
40 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $220 $2.7 80.5 FPS
65.4 FPS
40.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $279 $3.7 76.4 FPS
60.2 FPS
36.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $649 $8.9 73.3 FPS
61.9 FPS
39 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $160 $2.3 70.1 FPS
56.8 FPS
34.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $199 $2.9 69.5 FPS
54.8 FPS
32.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $549 $7.9 69.2 FPS
55.3 FPS
34.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $229 $3.4 67.8 FPS
53.3 FPS
31.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $649 $9.7 66.7 FPS
55.4 FPS
34.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $999 $15.4 64.7 FPS
51.2 FPS
33 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $549 $8.7 63 FPS
52.1 FPS
32.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $254 $4 62.9 FPS
49.9 FPS
30.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $169 $2.7 62.3 FPS
49.2 FPS
29.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $429 $7.1 60.7 FPS
50 FPS
31.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $170 $2.8 59.7 FPS
47.5 FPS
29.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $329 $5.6 58.7 FPS
46.2 FPS
29.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $400 $7 57 FPS
46.6 FPS
29.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $329 $5.8 56.6 FPS
45.7 FPS
26.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $169 $3 55.9 FPS
45 FPS
27.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $149 $2.8 53.5 FPS
43 FPS
26.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $179 $3.6 49.9 FPS
40.4 FPS
24.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $229 $5.5 42 FPS
33.6 FPS
21 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $249 $6.6 37.7 FPS
30.3 FPS
17.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $199 $5.3 37.4 FPS
30 FPS
17.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $169 $4.6 36.9 FPS
29.7 FPS
18.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $279 $7.6 36.5 FPS
29.6 FPS
17.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $199 $5.5 36 FPS
28.7 FPS
17.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $169 $5.4 31.4 FPS
25 FPS
15.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $99 $3.4 29 FPS
22.9 FPS
13.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $159 $5.6 28.5 FPS
22.4 FPS
14 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $149 $5.3 27.9 FPS
21.1 FPS
13.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $149 $5.4 27.7 FPS
20.3 FPS
12.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $140 $5.5 25.6 FPS
20.2 FPS
12.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $149 $6 24.7 FPS
17.4 FPS
11 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $79 $3.9 20.3 FPS
16.1 FPS
9.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $79 $4.1 19.3 FPS
15.3 FPS
8.9 FPS
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