Intel Officially Reveals 10th Gen Core X-Series Processor SKUs, Pricing, and Availability
After details of upcoming Cascade Lake-X processors leaked as reported by VideoCardz.com, Intel has now officially shared details of these upcoming products. And yes, those aggressive prices in the leak were accurate.
In what is clearly a response to AMD’s recent Ryzen 3000 processors (and upcoming third-gen Threadripper parts), Intel’s new HEDT lineup will debut with pricing roughly half that of existing parts. This 10th-Gen Core X-Series begins with the 10c/20t Core i9-10900XE at $590 USD, topping out with the 18c/36t Core i9-10980XE at $979.
Considering a Core i9-9980XE currently sells for $1989.99 and offers 18 cores/36 threads and speeds up to 4.4 GHz, even the top-end i9-10980XE (which matches the core/thread count but offers boost frequencies of up to 4.8 GHz) at $979 feels like a bargain. Pricing on the chart represents 1K units, and we have yet to see retails on these, but in any case this pricing strategy is obviously quite significant.
In addition to competitive price-per-core relative to AMD’s current offerings Intel has increased total platform PCIe lanes with the new Core X-Series to up to 72 (the X299 chipset provides 24 lanes), and standard memory support rises to DDR4-2933 with up to 256GB now supported. These processors also feature Intel’s updated Turbo Boost Max 3.0, Deep Learning Boost, and the latest 2.5G Intel i225 Ethernet and Wi-Fi 6 X200 wireless networking support.
Availability for these new Core X-Series high-end desktop CPUs is slated for November.