Intel Cascade Lake-X ‘Core-X’ CPUs To Offer Better Performance Per Dollar Than 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper HEDT Chips

Sep 4, 2019
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Intel has said that their next-gen Core-X processors 'Cascade Lake-X' will offer better performance per dollar versus AMD's Ryzen Threadripper CPUs. The latest tidbit was revealed by Intel during IFA and reveals that their next-generation high-end desktop CPUs might actually be priced aggressively against Threadripper CPUs which have almost demolished Intel in the HEDT market.

Intel To Offer 2X Better Performance Per Dollar With Cascade Lake-X 'Core-X' CPUs Compared To AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Gen Chips

We know that Intel is making new Core-X processors which will be part of their Cascade Lake-X line. The new processors will be compatible with existing and refreshed LGA 2066 socket motherboards since the only change they have to offer would be slightly higher PCIe lanes and higher clocks while being based on the 14nm++ process node.

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Intel has dramatic changes coming next month for the X-series and HEDT (high-end desktop market) line as well. The new family of products code-named Cascade Lake-X will offer up to 2x the performance per dollar of the previous generation. Though it is too early to talk about the specifics of how we are accomplishing this, you will see soon enough our commitment to the X-series and W-series families across Intel. via Intel

In the slide shared by Intel which confirms that the processors will be available in the coming month, it is stated that the Cascade Lake-X processors offer much better perf per $ compared to their Skylake-X and AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors. Intel has taken Skylake-X as the baseline and compared to that, the Cascade Lake-X processors will offer 1.74x to 2.09x better performance per dollar. This is also better than the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX flagship 32 core, the Threadripper 2970WX 24 core, and the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X 16 core processors.

Intel has not stated what performance metric they are using to compare these processors but it could be one of their 'real-usage' tests which recently sparked a super controversial discussion since Intel was basically saying that reviewers need to revise their testing methodology and use benchmarks that reflect actual consumer usage rather than those aimed at a niche. The HEDT lineups already fall in a niche market should include benchmarks that Intel doesn't consider to be relevant such as Cinebench and other rendering applications.

Anyways, moving on we can see that Intel is considering some massive price updates with their upcoming line which is the only reason we are looking at higher performance per dollar since Intel can only get too far away with clock speeds which are already at their upper limit on the current lineup. The 18 core flagship, the Core i9-9980XE currently costs $2000 US compared to the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX with 32 cores that costs $1800 US (lower with price cuts considering Ryzen Threadripper 3000 is just on the horizon).

Intel HEDT Processor Families:

Intel HEDT FamilyGulftownSandy Bridge-EIvy Bridge-EHaswell-EBroadwell-ESkylake-XSkylake-XSkylake-XCascade Lake-X
Process Node32nm32nm22nm22nm14nm14nm+14nm+14nm+14nm++
Flagship SKUCore i7-980XCore i7-3960XCore i7-4960XCore i7-5960XCore i7-6950XCore i9-7980XECore i9-9980XEXeon W-3175XCore i9-10980XE
Max Cores/Threads6/126/126/128/1610/2018/3618/3628/5618/36
Clock Speeds3.33/3,60 GHz3.30/3.90 GHz3.60/4.00 GHz3.00/3.50 GHz3.00/3.50 GHz2.60/4.20 GHz3.00/4.50 GHz3.10/4.30 GHz3.00 / 4.80 GHz
Max Cache12 MB L315 MB L315 MB L320 MB L325 MB L324.75 MB L324.75 MB L338.5 MB L324.75 MB L3
Max PCI-Express Lanes (CPU)32 Gen240 Gen240 Gen340 Gen340 Gen344 Gen344 Gen344 Gen344 Gen3
Chipset CompatiblityX58 ChipsetX79 ChipsetX79 ChipsetX99 ChipsetX99 ChipsetX299X299C612EX299
Socket CompatiblityLGA 1366LGA 2011LGA 2011LGA 2011-3LGA 2011-3LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 3647LGA 2066
Memory CompatiblityDDR3-1066DDR3-1600DDR3-1866DDR4-2133DDR4-2400DDR4-2666DDR4-2800DDR4-2666DDR4-2933
Max TDP130W130W130W140W140W165W165W255W165W
LaunchQ1 2010Q4 2011Q3 2013Q3 2014Q2 2016Q3 2017Q4 2018Q4 2018Q4 2019
Launch Price$999 US$999 US$999 US$1059 US$1700 US$1999 US$1979 US~$4000 US$979 US

Intel is also shifting their Xeon W lineup over to the LGA 3647 socket so that eases up production and supply for the HEDT market. It looks like we will be looking at more performance and specification details in the coming month so we will keep you posted as soon as we hear more from Intel.

Which next-generation HEDT CPUs are you looking forward to the most?
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