Consumer-grade CPUs often only support relatively low amounts of RAM. Usually as a result of both motherboard and CPU limitations. Skylake-W processors support up to a very healthy 512GB of RAM. High-end users might scoff at such a ďlowĒ limit, but itís plenty for most mainstream workstation users. Of course, this does not represent an upgrade as previous Skylake Xeons also offered this figure. Compared to something like an i5 quad-core, itís massive.
One new feature of the Skylake-W CPUs is a focus on VR creation. The CPU has been optimized in terms of latency and performance to do a better job of letting creators make and test VR. Not everyone will care about this feature, but itís a notable new direction for Intel.
As is Intelís modu operandi, they released a new socket again for high-end machines. In June 2017 we were introduced to LGA2066. This is the same socket the new high-end Skylake-SP uses. Which means you can buy a Xeon-W now and upgrade the CPU later. That is, until Intel launched yet another socket.
Given itís 14nm process, full enterprise feature set and wide price and performance range, the Xeon-W looks like a worthy successor to the Xeon-E CPUs that seem to have been around for such a long time. If you were waiting to build a more budget-friendly LGA2066 workstation, now is the time.