The Intel Xeon W-1300 series is the clear successor to the Xeon W-1200 series that we have looked at for some time. While the Xeon W-1200 series was a clear step forward, the Xeon W-1300 series is mostly a step forward, but in some senses is a step backward as well. This new Xeon W line is designed as the workstation counterpart to the 11th Gen Intel Core (Rocket Lake-S) that we looked at as part of our Intel Core i9-11900K review. The Xeon W-1300 series maintains a tradition spanning over a decade of rebranding desktop parts with ECC support as “Xeon” for some markets.
Intel Xeon W-1300 SKU List and Value Analysis
The Intel Xeon W-1300 series has seven SKUs just like the previous-generation Intel Xeon W-1200 series. Beyond the data below, one must remember that there are a few new features we get with this generation including Intel Xe graphics with the UHD Graphics P750 as well as PCIe Gen4 support despite these still being 14nm parts.
In terms of pricing, replacing the generational “2” with “3” in the product name leaves pricing at the same level for the new SKU versus the older SKU.
Perhaps the biggest change is with the Xeon W-1390(P/T) models. The core counts of these parts is down to 8 cores from 10 in the W-1290(P/T) models. As a result, we see the first generational decrease in core counts with a 20% drop here.
With similar pricing levels and lower core counts, we see that our price per core metrics look a lot less constrained into a similar band. Here is the Xeon W-1200 series for reference.
Here is the Xeon W-1300 series. As one can see, the higher-end 8-core parts now have a large premium attached. As with the Xeon E3-1200 series buyers will remember, this pricing model extracts a large premium for the higher clock speeds without offering more cores.
As a result, when we look at the cores and threads times the clock speed and divide that by price, we get a much worse picture for the Xeon W-1390(P/T) than we did with the previous generation.
Unlike in the previous generation, we have a fairly easy way to show here why it is likely a better value buying the Xeon W-1370(P) versus the Xeon W-1390(P) since one gets the same number of cores, relatively similar clock speeds, and without the large price premium.
Intel did a “stealth launch” for this one making the SKUs available on ARK without other fanfare as we had with the previous generation. The new integrated graphics and PCIe Gen4 are a big benefit to the new parts as we saw in our Rocket Lake-S coverage. At the same time, the prospect of digressing in terms of core counts with the new parts is certainly disappointing. In a current environment of chip shortages to some users the 10-core previous generation parts may be attractive.