Intel’s 3rd Core X HEDT Lineup Launching This Fall, Will Feature Faster Memory Support, Higher Clock Speeds & Improved Turbo

May 28, 2019

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.

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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.

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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 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

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.

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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.

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