Intel 9th Gen HEDT ‘Core-X’ Basin Falls Refresh and Skylake-X 28 Core Lineup Confirmed – Core i9-9980XE 18 Core Flagship, Core i9-9960X, Core i9-9940X, Core i9-9920X, Core i9-9820X and Core i7-9800X

We have just received details regarding Intel's next-generation Core-X HEDT lineup which is going to launch today. According to our sources, Intel isn't just going to introduce the new 9th Gen Core CPU family for their mainstream family, but also the full-fledged Core-X family for HEDT LGA 2066 and LGA 3647 socket.

Intel's 9th Gen Core-X Family Confirmed - Skylake-X 28 Core For LGA 3647 and Core i9-9980XE 18 Core For LGA 2066, Skylake-X in December, Core-X in October-November

Our sources have confirmed that Intel is finally going to introduce their Basin Falls Refresh and Skylake-X HEDT Core-X processors today. The Basin Falls refresh will be optimized models of the CPUs we got last year and include a total of seven new processors which include:

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  • Core i9-9980XE (18 Core Flagship)
  • Core i9-9960X (16 Core)
  • Core i9-9940X (14 Core)
  • Core i9-9920X (12 Core)
  • Core i9-9900X (10 Core)
  • Core i9-9820X (10 Core)
  • Core i7-9800X (6 Core)

The flagship part, the Intel Core i9-9980XE will feature a total of 18 cores, same as the Core i9-7980XE, albeit with higher clock speeds and much more power tuning involved. But we all know about the 28 core part that is aiming for launch in December 2018. While the Basin Falls Refresh will launch around October-November, the flagship Skylake-X HEDT platform based around the LGA 3647 socket won't be available until the end of this year.

Intel 9th Generation Core-X CPU Lineup Specifications

CPU NameIntel Core i9-9990XEIntel Core i9-9980XEIntel Core i9-9960XIntel Core i9-9940XIntel Core i9-9920XIntel Core i9-9900XIntel Core i9-9820XIntel Core i9-9800X
Base Clock4.0 GHz3.0 GHz3.1 GHz3.3 GHz3.5 GHz3.5 GHz3.3 GHz3.8 GHz
Boost Clock5.0 GHz4.5 GHz4.5 GHz4.5 GHz4.5 GHz4.5 GHz4.5 GHz4.5 GHz
CacheTBD24.75 MB L322 MB L319.25 MB L319.25 MB L319.25 MB L316,5 MB L316.5 MB L3
Memory SupportDDR4-2666DDR4-2666DDR4-2666DDR4-2666DDR4-2666DDR4-2666DDR4-2666DDR4-2666
Platform PCIe Lanes68 PCIe Lanes68 PCIe Lanes68 PCIe Lanes68 PCIe Lanes68 PCIe Lanes68 PCIe Lanes68 PCIe Lanes68 PCIe Lanes
Solder Thermal Interface MaterialYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Price~$2000 US$1979 US$1684 US$1387 US$1189 US$989 US$898 US$589 US

Skylake-X 28 Core Demo PC (Image Credits: TechGage):


We were told that the prices will be significantly optimized for the 18 core parts and below while the 28 core model would be put on a more premium price tag. There will be a range of boards available for the new Skylake-X flagship which will be able to support up to 192 GB of ram (six channels). Some motherboards are designed to make use of dual PSU units and up to 32 VRMs which are required to keep the new flagship under control as it sips a lot of juice. This platform is specifically designed for the ultra-premium niche and overclockers, given the huge price which will go above the $5000 US target without the graphics card prices taken into account.

In addition to the LGA 3647 socketed parts, the LGA 2066 socketed motherboards will also be receiving a new refreshed design which will go along well with the new 9th Gen Core-X CPUs. Intel is expected to release more information on these motherboards later today so stay tuned and do come over to watch the live stream here.

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