Intel has unveiled a new family of desktop processors that specifically target users with hardware-intensive applications. These include data scientists, IT architects, and developers.

The new processors have been named W-2200. The series includes eight 14-nanometer CPUs that get a price between 294 and 1,333 dollars, writes Silicon Angle. The costs of the new CPUs have fallen by 40 to 50 percent compared to their predecessors last year, the W-2100 family. Performance has, however, increased by 10 percent.

Competition from AMD

The drop in price is probably a reaction to the pressure Intel is experiencing from Advanced Micro Systems (AMD). AMD is taking over more and more market leadership with its Threadripper processors, some of which perform better than Intel processors.

Recently, Microsoft announced that AMD chips will be used in the new Surface Laptop 3. Microsoft says it chose to do so because of Ryzen’s better graphics performance, to offer more flexibility in various configurations. It is possible that Intel hopes that the W-2200 series is a way back to the top of the desktop market.

Eighteen cores

The W-2200 series’ flagship is the W-2295, which wil cost approximately 1,333 dollars. This chip has eighteen processing cores that can run a total of 36 threads, at a maximum speed of 3.8 GHz. Single-core performance is measured at a maximum of 4.8 GHz. The basic clock speed is 3.0 GHz.

The W-2295 and the seven other new chips also contain the Deep Learning Boost instruction kit from Intel. This makes artificial intelligence (AI) models run 2.2 times faster than on last year’s CPUs. That increase should also be translated into a speed boost for users whose applications use machine learning.

The W-2200 family will be available in November.