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Asus Dominus Extreme Listed for $1,800, Xeon W-3175X $2,979 on Newegg (Update)

Update 2/6/19: Intel has updated its tuning plan FAQ page to include information that the Xeon W-3175X comes with a free Tuning Protection Plan. We've updated the text below.

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Intel's 28-core 56-thread powerhouse Xeon W-3175X is undoubtedly the most powerful processor ever released for the consumer market, but there has been some confusion regarding its availability as a boxed retail product. Several media outlets reported that the processors would only come to market in OEM and system integrator systems, a byproduct of Intel's own press release that states the same. But as we reported in our full review, Intel confirmed to us before launch that the processor will come to market as a boxed retail unit, albeit with no firm date set for availability.

True to Intel's word, the processor has now shown up at Newegg and the Tokyo Tech Plaza in Japan, which reveals an entirely new packaging design for Intel's new flagship. We expect more widespread availability from other retail outlets in the coming days. We also learned that the W-3175X is eligible for Intel's tuning protection plan (more on that below).

Currently, only ASUS's ROG Dominus Extreme and Gigabyte's AX1 support the processors, and there were also reports that neither company planned to bring these motherboards to market outside of full systems. The Dominus Extreme is now listed for $1,799 at CompSource and ShopBLT.com.

Newegg has the Xeon W-3175X listed for pre-order for $2,977 (£2,735 incl VAT), but the processor is currently out of stock. If the eye-watering price tag gives you sticker shock, consider that it undercuts Intel's recommended $2,999 customer pricing by a whopping $20. And you get free shipping, too (/s).

Intel redefined its lackluster packaging with the Core i9-9900K's funky dodecahedron, obviously as an answer to AMD's exotic Threadripper packaging, and that trend continues with the W-3175X. The Xeon W-3175X comes with a completely new packaging with a flap that opens to reveal the W-3175X in all of its glory.

Overclocking a processor always comes with some risk, killing a chip is easy, and that's even more of a concern when you plunk down $3,000 for a processor. Luckily, as listed on the inside of the flap, Intel offers a performance tuning protection plan for the processor. This plan gives you one shot at cooking the processor to death but getting a free replacement. This is an additional level of coverage beyond the standard warranty, so you have to purchase the plan separately.

Protection plan pricing spans from $30.00 for the Core i7-7700K up to $150.00 for the Core i9-7980XE. As such, we can expect the plan to cost even more for Intel's flagship product, but the company hasn't listed pricing for the W-3175X yet. We're following up for more detail.

Update: Intel has added more information to the Tuning Protection Plan FAQ, which now lists the plan as a free add-on for the Xeon W-3175X.

Buying the W-3175X is the first step–you'll need to pair it with a ridiculous motherboard for overclocking. ASUS has you covered there, as CompSource, PC Canada, and ShopBLT.com all have the ridiculously-awesome ROG Dominus Extreme listed for sale. You'll have to plunk down ~$1,799 (£1653 incl VAT) for the beastly kit, but you get a board that features two 24-pin ATX connectors, a quartet of eight-pin inputs, and a pair of six-pin connectors that feed the 255W chip through a ridiculous 32-phase power delivery subsystem.

Of course, these prices will restrict the number of customers interested in building systems with these ultra-high-end motherboards, but we expect that cheaper models will come to market in the future. As we noted in our review, we were able to easily overclock our liquid-cooled system with a single power supply. Intel tells us that the second power supply is really only needed for pushing the edge for waterchillers and LN2 cooling, so it makes sense that motherboard vendors will eventually come out with motherboards that only support one PSU, thus lowering prices tremendously.

Now that you have a chip and a board, it's time for cooling. The W-3175X marks the debut of the unique LGA 3641 socket for the consumer market, and as such, there are very few cooling options available. Asetek has its 500W 690LX-PN 360mm AIO cooler available for $399 (only available in the US), highlighting the fact that nearly every component of a W-3175X-powered system will set you back some serious coin.

EKWB also has its EKWB EK-Phoenix 360 Annihilator cooler (background) coming to market. We used this beefier cooling for our overclocking efforts, and it is sure to please. However, we still await word on pricing and availability.

  • collector1924
    over 5000 to build this..
    AMD will have similar or better performance for around 2500 in June I'll wait...
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  • redgarl
    1800$ for a motherboard... and my limit is 200$... well, too bad... /sarcasm
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  • AlistairAB
    I really don't get it why you'd buy this. The reviews showed it barely faster than the 32 core epic. Tiny differences. And you can buy the 32 core Threadripper chip for the same cost as just the motherboard here...
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  • rantoc
    Intel really need to get its act together! They got forced to place an xeon in hedt just to stay performance competitive... and vs an platform that's 1/2 cost no less! This desperate scream will by the looks of it get steamrolled when the new TRs will be released soon.

    It would be mighty stupid to get this now to put it mildly when the new TR's are around the bend.
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  • urbanman2004
    Omg. That motherboard alone is the cost of my freaking machine, smh.
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  • Marlin Schwanke
    Provantage has this Xeon priced at $4.98. I doubt they will fulfill the one I ordered :)

    https://www.provantage.com/intel-bx80673w3175x~7ITEP6E5.htm
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  • mspencerl87
    That CPU cold plate looks so janky. The whole platform with the multi power in pins, and the VRM cooling solution makes the whole thing look like they are trying to hard.
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  • jwald123
    Why didn’t they just make this $3175 while they were at it
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  • tim.hotze
    21735842 said:
    I really don't get it why you'd buy this. The reviews showed it barely faster than the 32 core epic. Tiny differences. And you can buy the 32 core Threadripper chip for the same cost as just the motherboard here...

    Oh, it's totally overkill, but there are some people for whom $3k + another $1.8 for the motherboard actually isn't a ton of money. (I'm not one of them.) For those people, why not get the ABSOLUTE fastest on the market today if that's what's important?

    You can get a perfectly decent car for like $20k new, a pretty good car for $30-$40k, and a faster, luxury car for say, $50-80k, but there's people who spend $500k+ (and sometimes well over $1m) on supercars, even if, when push comes to shove, they're only somewhat faster, and you very seldom push them to their max anyways.
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  • Giroro
    These parts became available directly to customers a lot faster than I expected.
    I guess there must not be much/any interest from OEMs
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