Intel’s 3rd Core X HEDT Lineup Launching This Fall, Will Feature Faster Memory Support, Higher Clock Speeds & Improved Turbo
During their Computex keynote earlier today, Intel revealed that they will be launching their next-generation Core X High-End desktop processors during fall 2019. There were some highlighted features mentioned during the keynote and it looks like Intel keeps on enhancing the HEDT user experience for enthusiasts.
Intel Core X Lineup To Get Next-Gen Upgrade This Fall - Higher Clocks, Faster Memory Support & Improved Turbo
Intel didn't share lots of details for their next-gen Core X processors but there were three key things that were highlighted. The new Intel Core X parts would be the 3rd iteration of the Core X family that was initially (7th Gen HEDT CPUs) announced two years ago back at Computex 2017, followed by a range of 9th Gen HEDT CPUs last year at Computex 2018 and now, we are getting the 3rd iteration which may actually end up being much different than the first two lineups we have seen.
Intel's Core X 7000 and Core X 9000 series processors were very similar to each other since both featured the Skylake core architecture and the 14nm+ process node. The Core X 9000 series did come with higher clock speeds and slightly better thermal/power designs, but overall, they were pretty much the same thing. Both of the families were compatible with the X299 platform on the LGA 2066 platform.
Now Intel has since then been offering their flagship Xeon W-3175X as a consumer HEDT product and that costs a grand total of $3000 US. However, the LGA 3647 socketed platform has a lot of features that make it the next ideal choice for HEDT users. Things like hexa-channel memory and support for more PCIe lanes make it an ideal solution against the AMD Ryzen Threadripper lineup which is also getting a major upgrade with Zen 2 cores, as revealed by AMD.
Now Intel has officially stated that the new Core X processors will feature support for faster memory, higher clock speeds and much better boost speeds across a higher number of cores. Intel's also preparing their new Xeon-W chips which are aimed at the LGA 3647 socket rather than LGA 2066 socket like the previous variant. The Xeon-W LGA 2066 and Core-X lineups have been pretty similar in terms of core specs but with the upcoming Cascade Lake-based Xeon-W family of processors, we can possibly see the transition of HEDT Intel CPUs up from LGA 2066 to LGA 3647.
Intel HEDT Processor Families:
|Intel HEDT Family||Gulftown||Sandy Bridge-E||Ivy Bridge-E||Haswell-E||Broadwell-E||Skylake-X||Skylake-X||Skylake-X||Cascade Lake-X|
|Flagship SKU||Core i7-980X||Core i7-3960X||Core i7-4960X||Core i7-5960X||Core i7-6950X||Core i9-7980XE||Core i9-9980XE||Xeon W-3175X||Core i9-10980XE|
|Clock Speeds||3.33/3,60 GHz||3.30/3.90 GHz||3.60/4.00 GHz||3.00/3.50 GHz||3.00/3.50 GHz||2.60/4.20 GHz||3.00/4.50 GHz||3.10/4.30 GHz||3.00 / 4.80 GHz|
|Max Cache||12 MB L3||15 MB L3||15 MB L3||20 MB L3||25 MB L3||24.75 MB L3||24.75 MB L3||38.5 MB L3||24.75 MB L3|
|Max PCI-Express Lanes (CPU)||32 Gen2||40 Gen2||40 Gen3||40 Gen3||40 Gen3||44 Gen3||44 Gen3||44 Gen3||44 Gen3|
|Chipset Compatiblity||X58 Chipset||X79 Chipset||X79 Chipset||X99 Chipset||X99 Chipset||X299||X299||C612E||X299|
|Socket Compatiblity||LGA 1366||LGA 2011||LGA 2011||LGA 2011-3||LGA 2011-3||LGA 2066||LGA 2066||LGA 3647||LGA 2066|
|Launch||Q1 2010||Q4 2011||Q3 2013||Q3 2014||Q2 2016||Q3 2017||Q4 2018||Q4 2018||Q4 2019|
|Launch Price||$999 US||$999 US||$999 US||$1059 US||$1700 US||$1999 US||$1979 US||~$4000 US||$979 US|
The maximum core count for these chips is 28 cores which already costs $2000 US as stated above. Intel would like to position these processors towards the higher end of the spectrum with premium price points, but at the same time try to make them competitive against AMD's Ryzen Threadripper Zen 2 based parts.
However, we also know that a leaked Intel roadmap from Dell revealed that Cascade Lake-X (next-gen Core X) might end up being similar to the current Skylake-X based Core X CPUs. The roadmap shows the core count will remain stuck at 18 and the same standard specifications bump can be expected from Intel. Let us know in the comments below if you think Intel is going to offer Cascade Lake-X on LGA 2066 with the same 18 core layout or actually shift the entire lineup to the more expensive LGA 3647 platform.