With Intel’s latest release of the Xeon-W processor line, they have bridged the gap between consumer and enterprise platforms once again making cross-compatibility easier. The Xeon Skylake-W CPU addresses these issues and is more or less, a Xeon version of the current Skylake-X processors with all the pro features enabled. Traits such as extended memory support, vPro, Intel’s AMT and the standard enterprise Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability (RAS) features are turned on and ready to go. This new set of processors, despite using the same LGA2066 socket as Skyake-X, will require a new chipset C422 and will not work in X299. 

To that end, one of the first boards being released using this chipset was at Computex this year, where GIGABYTE Server showed off a motherboard named C422-WS. The name has changed on that board with today announcing the MW51-HP0. GIGABYTE Server's goal is to bring the Intel Skylake-SP architecture and single-socket platform for workstations to the prosumers and SOHO (Small Office, Home Office) segments that want Intel professional performance. GIGABYTE Server states that this new motherboard offers a "wealth of I/O options, including multiple PCIe lanes to support graphics, storage, and USB options, as well as direct SATA and USB ports." 


Using Xeon-W CPUs, there are a total of 48 PCIe 3.0 lanes from the CPU to divide up (Skylake-X totaled 44 lanes) or the main PCIe slots, and another 24 PCIe 3.0 lanes from the chipset for add-in functionality. This enables a lot of flexibility in using PCIe based devices. Looking at the block diagram below, the seven PCIe slots have four dedicated PCIe 3.0 x16 slots along with three x8 slots. This would normally give a total of 64 lanes, however the MW1-HP0 uses a PEX8747 PCIe switch chip to multiplex one of the x16 lanes into two main x16 slots, allowing for a total of 64 PCIe lanes. This setup groups six of the seven PCIe slots together in pairs that share bandwidth - stick a card in a PCIe x8 slot, and the slot below it also drops down to x8. As a result, the MW51-HP0 is able to hold four dual slot PCIe cards, or a total of seven single slot PCIe expansion cards. 


On the Rear I/O, users will find a PS/2 port, eight USB3.0 ports, two USB3.1 ports (one Type-A and one Type-C), the two Intel I210 based Gigabit Ethernet ports, and the audio stack running off the Realtek ALC1150 CODEC.

For storage purposes, the board is equipped with a total of 10 SATA ports. Eight come directly from the chipset, with two of those being SATA-DOM capable (also 2x SATA DOM SGPIO connectors), while the other two are driven by a Marvell 9172 Controller. Onboard, there is one M.2 slot and one U.2 slot both using PCIe x4 bandwidth from the chipset for high-speed boot purposes. The MW51-HP0 supports Intel software based RAID (0/1/10/5) for the SATA ports. If a user needs RAID NVMe drives, the board does come with a VROC module for PCIe RAID management. Place the module in the VROC port to unlock PCIe RAID options. 

The MW51-HP0 has eight DIMM slots on the board supporting up to 512GB of DDR4 memory using 64GB LRDIMMs (256GB using 32GB RDIMM) in a quad channel configuration. Speeds up to 2666 MT/s can be used.

GIGABYTE MW51-HP0 Specifications
Warranty Period 3 Years
Product Page Link
Price N/A
Size CEB: 304.8mm(W) x 266.7mm(D)
CPU Interface LGA2066
Chipset Intel C422
Memory Slots (DDR4) Quad Channel, Eight DDR4-2666 Slots
Supporting 512GB
Up to 32GB RDIMM or 64GB LRDIMM Modules
Network Connectivity 2 x Intel I210 GbE
Onboard Audio Realtek ALC1150 HD
PCIe Slots for Graphics (from CPU) 7 x PCIe 3.0 (as per diagram above)
PCIe Slots for Other (from PCH) N/A
Onboard SATA 8 x SATA 6 Gbps ports
- 2 x SATA DOM Supported (RAID 0/1/10/5)
2 x SATA 6 Gbps ports via Marvell 88SE9172
Onboard SATA Express None
Onboard M.2 1 x PCIe 3.0 x4 (Up to 110mm)
Onboard U.2 1 x PCIe 3.0 x4
USB 3.1 1 x Type-A
1 x Type-C (both red and 5V/3A)
ASMedia 2142 Controller
USB 3.0 8 on Rear Panel
2 Headers for 4 ports
USB 2.0 1 Header for 2 ports
Board Management / TPM N/A / 1x TPM Header
Power Connectors 1 x 24-pin ATX
1 x 8-pin CPU
Fan Headers 1 x CPU (4-Pin)
5 x System Fan Headers (4-Pin)
IO Panel 1 x PS/2
8 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 3.1 Type-A(red)
1 x USB 3.1 Type-C(red)
2 x RJ45 (Intel I210)
5 x Audio jacks
1 x Optical S/PDIF-Out
OS Supported Windows 7 (x64)
Windows 10 (x64)
RHEL  6.8 (x64)
RHWL 7.3 (x64)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11.4 (x64)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12.2 (x64)
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (x64)
Ubuntu 10.10 LTS (x64)

Pricing nor availability was listed at the time of publication, however we do expect to see this I/O laden, single-socket high-end workstation motherboard on the market soon.

A Quick Recap on Xeon-W

The Xeon-W CPUs range from the Xeon W-2123, a 4c/8t 3.6GHz SKU at 120W, up to the monster W-2195 18c/36t product at 2.3 GHz with 140W TDP.

New Intel Xeon-W Processors (LGA2066)
  Cores Base
TDP Price
Xeon W-2195 18/36 2.3 GHz 4.3 GHz 24.75 1.375 140 W TBD
Xeon W-2175 14/28 TBD TBD 19.25 1.375 140 W TBD
Xeon W-2155 10/20 3.3 GHz 4.5 GHz 13.75 1.375 140 W $1440
Xeon W-2145 8/16 3.7 GHz 4.5 GHz 11.00 1.375 140 W $1113
Xeon W-2135 6/12 3.7 GHz 4.5 GHz 8.25 1.375 140 W $835
Xeon W-2133 6/12 3.6 GHz 3.9 GHz 8.25 1.375 140 W $617
Xeon W-2125 4/8 4.0 GHz 4.5 GHz 8.25 2.063 120 W $444
Xeon W-2123 4/8 3.6 GHz 3.9 GHz 8.25 2.063 120 W $294

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Source: GIGABYTE Server

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  • duploxxx - Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - link

    so? what cage are you coming from?

    glad there are 15 more cores to worry about....
  • ltcommanderdata - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - link

    I'd be interested in seeing Intel bring back socketed desktop processors with 128MB L4 eDRAM after flirting with them with Broadwell. Intel deliberately designing low core count, large L2/L3 cache variant dies seems unlikely, but offering some variants with large on-package eDRAM caches should be economically and commercially viable.
  • RedGreenBlue - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - link

    I got 99 problems but crippled PCI bandwidth aint one. - Epyc
  • duploxxx - Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - link

    indeed horrible PCI-e layout, Intel screwing as usual, this is the issue with Market domination. Pushing solutions as they seem to fit. THis is all over the place from Laptop to datacenter Intel telling OEM what and how to use there products or else get consequences.
  • Daniel Egger - Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - link

    LOL, "bridged the gap between consumer and enterprise platforms once again making cross-compatibility easier."

    Bridging the gap my ass. Exactly the opposite is what they've done: They made sure that nothing is cross-compatible by separating the platforms widely and now shoved in something in between. I can only hope the hole strategy flops and sanity (or AMD) takes over. This is totally FUBAR.

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