The wait is over. Intel today formally released the Xeon W processors and here are the two known processors that will be used in the new iMac Pro:
Intel Xeon W-2140B @ 3.2GHz ( 8 cores and 16 threads)
Intel Xeon W-2150B @ 3.0GHz (10 cores and 20 threads)
Edit: Processor models updated. Based on the Geekbench Compute results that I found.
The processors requires a C422 chipset for full support. Just like I said back in June. I also like what Intel did – they basically renamed the E5-1600 series. Now people know what a workstation processor is, but the Intel product specifications however still mentions: “Vertical Segment Server” and that is confusing.
Edit: There are no power management resource plists for the Xeon W processors, not even in DP-8. That also means, probably, that the board-id that I used back in June, is wrong. I think that we will find a new one some day soon.
Note: The references to Purley in the firmware were a bit puzzling, but they seem to share the same Intel source code.
Yah! Gigabyte said to provide me with a motherboard for this processor line, and Intel will ship two processors next Monday!