Intel’s 18 Core and 10 Core Cascade Lake-X HEDT CPUs For X299 Platform Benchmarked – 10 Core With Up To 4.6 GHz Clock Speeds


Two Intel Cascade Lake-X processors which are part of the HEDT X299 platform have leaked out in Geekbench database (via Momomo_Us). The processors include an 18 core part and a 10 core part, both of which would be based on a heavily optimized 14nm process to deliver better performance.

Intel 18 Core & 10 Core Cascade Lake-X HEDT CPUs Benchmarked In Geekbench

Both processors seem to be leaked by Dell who tested them with their Precision 5820 X-Series PCs. The Precision 5820 Tower is a high-end workstation PC that currently supports 9th Gen Core-X and Xeon W-2000 series processors on the LGA 2066 socket. Since the Precision 5820 is being used to test the upcoming HEDT processors, we can tell that those would be supported by Intel's LGA 2066 socket too. The processors are identified as GenuineIntel Family 6 Model 85 Stepping 7 confirming that these are indeed Cascade Lake-based parts and not Skylake-X designs that we have seen with 7th and 9th Gen HEDT processors.

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The flagship variant is the 18 core and 36 thread part which is listed with clock speeds of 2.19 GHz base and 3.28 GHz boost. The clock speeds definitely don't look final as Intel's current 18 core part, the Core i9-9980XE has clocks of 3.00 GHz base and 4.40 GHz boost. The other part is the 10 core variant with 20 threads. This processor is clocked at 3.40 GHz base and 4.60 GHz boost which is in line with the current HEDT 10 core part that has a base clock of 3.50 GHz and a boost clock of 4.50 GHz.

In terms of performance, the 18 core variant has a single-core score of 5387 points and a multi-core score of 54597 points. The 10 core variant has a single-core score of 5468 points and a multi-core score of 39820 points. The 18 core variant is about as fast as the Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX (24 Core / 48 Thread) while the 10 core part is about as fast as the Ryzen Threadripper 2920X (12 core / 24 Thread).

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

However, about the time when Intel would introduce their next-gen Core-X lineup, AMD would be ready to launch their 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors. A leaked entry of what seems to be a 32 core, 64 thread Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series processor reveals ground-breaking numbers in multi-core performance and also a major uplift in single-core performance which is as fast as Intel's current HEDT lineup.

At Computex 2019, we saw various new and refreshed LGA 2066 socketed motherboards that had been designed to accommodate the upcoming Core-X processors. These motherboards had aggressive power delivery systems and more cooling heatsinks than the current ones suggesting that Intel will definitely be tuning up the wattage on the high side to get those max clocks out of the Core-X line. Unless or until Intel is planning major price reductions or a new LGA 3647 based lineup with up to 28 cores, there HEDT lineup just doesn't feel that compelling than what their competitor has in the works.

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