Intel has officially announced the discontinuation of its entire Skylake-X HEDT & Xeon W-2000 CPU families. The move is primarily due to the fact that the said chips have been replaced by new parts which include the Cascade Lake-X HEDT & Xeon W-3000 series family which has been on the retail market for a while now.
Intel Phases Out Skylake-X 9th Gen HEDT & Xeon W-2000 CPU Family, Now Replaced By Cascade Lake-X 10th Gen HEDT & Xeon W-3000 CPU Lineups
The discontinuation process was announced by Intel (via Computerbase) as of 9th July 2020. The last shipments will be made on 9th July 2021. As for the discontinued processors, the list includes all 9th Gen Skylake-X HEDT CPUs along with several Xeon W-2000 series parts. Do note that both families are based on the Skylake-X architecture which has now been replaced by Cascade Lake-X architecture.
The 9th Gen Core-X lineup launched back in 2018 and was met with lots of criticism. There were a few good things about the lineup such as the updated X299 platform which sorted out most of the issues that users faced during the first generation Core-X parts but the processors themselves still didn't match up to AMD's 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper lineup which had hit Intel's HEDT platform real hard, leading them to announce major price restructuring in the 3rd Gen Core-X family. Intel's CPUs are still trying really hard to compete against the Threadripper family which is simply miles ahead in terms of cores/threads/IO.
Not only that but the Xeon W-2000 series parts which have been discontinued are replaced by the Xeon W-3000 series parts and the latest Cascade Lake workstation series will be facing AMD in full force later today with the release of Ryzen Threadripper Pro chips which are aiming to disrupt the workstation segment.
The list of boxed Intel CPUs that have been discontinued are listed below:
- Boxed Intel® Core™ i7-9800X X-series Processor DESKTOP BX80673I79800X S REZ9 999AC3
- Boxed Intel® Core™ i7-9800X X-series Processor DESKTOP BXC80673I79800X S REZ9 999ACM
- Boxed Intel® Core™ i9-9820X X-series Processor DESKTOP BX80673I99820X S REZ8 999AC8
- Boxed Intel® Core™ i9-9820X X-series Processor DESKTOP BXC80673I99820X S REZ8 999ACL
- Boxed Intel® Core™ i9-9900X X-series Processor DESKTOP BX80673I99900X S REZ7 999AC5
- Boxed Intel® Core™ i9-9900X X-series Processor DESKTOP BXC80673I99900X S REZ7 999ACK
- Boxed Intel® Core™ i9-9920X X-series Processor DESKTOP BX80673I99920X S REZ6 999AC6
- Boxed Intel® Core™ i9-9920X X-series Processor DESKTOP BXC80673I99920X S REZ6 999ACJ
- Boxed Intel® Core™ i9-9940X X-series Processor DESKTOP BX80673I99940X S REZ5 999AC9
- Boxed Intel® Core™ i9-9940X X-series Processor DESKTOP BXC80673I99940X S REZ5 999ACG
- Boxed Intel® Core™ i9-9960X X-series Processor DESKTOP BX80673I99960X S REZ4 999AC7
- Boxed Intel® Core™ i9-9960X X-series Processor DESKTOP BXC80673I99960X S REZ4 999ACF
- Boxed Intel® Core™ i9-9980XE Processor Extreme Edition DESKTOP BXC80673I99980X S REZ3
- Boxed Intel® Core™ i9-9980XE Processor Extreme Edition DESKTOP BX80673I99980X S REZ3
- Boxed Intel® Xeon™ W-2123 Processor WORKSTATION BX80673W2123 S R3LJ 961844 U0
- Boxed Intel® Xeon™ W-2135 Processor WORKSTATION BX80673W2135 S R3LN 962353 U0
The list of tray Intel CPUs that have been discontinued are listed below:
- Intel® Core™ i7-9800X X-series Processor DESKTOP CD8067304126100 S REZ9 986453 M0
- Intel® Core™ i9-9820X X-series Processor DESKTOP CD8067304126901 S REZ8 986452 M0
- Intel® Core™ i9-9900X X-series Processor DESKTOP CD8067304126200 S REZ7 986451 M0
- Intel® Core™ i9-9920X X-series Processor DESKTOP CD8067304126300 S REZ6 986450 M0
- Intel® Core™ i9-9940X X-series Processor DESKTOP CD8067304175600 S REZ5 986449 M0
- Intel® Core™ i9-9960X X-series Processor DESKTOP CD8067304126500 S REZ4 986448 M0
- Intel® Core™ i9-9980XE Extreme EditionProcessor DESKTOP CD8067304126600 S REZ3
- Intel® Xeon® W-2102 Processor WORKSTATION CD8067303532802 S R3LG 959167 U0
- Intel® Xeon® W-2104 Processor WORKSTATION CD8067303532903 S R3LH 959168 U0
- Intel® Xeon® W-2123 Processor WORKSTATION CD8067303533002 S R3LJ 959169 U0
- Intel® Xeon® W-2125 Processor WORKSTATION CD8067303533303 S R3LM 959172 U0
- Intel® Xeon® W-2133 Processor WORKSTATION CD8067303533204 S R3LL 959171 U0
- Intel® Xeon® W-2135 Processor WORKSTATION CD8067303533403 S R3LN 959173 U0
- Intel® Xeon® W-2145 Processor WORKSTATION CD8067303533601 S R3LQ 959175 U0
- Intel® Xeon® W-2155 Processor WORKSTATION CD8067303533703 S R3LR 959176 U0
- Intel® Xeon® W-2195 Processor WORKSTATION CD8067303805901 S R3RX 961300 M0
- Intel® Xeon™ W-2175 Processor WORKSTATION CD8067303842300 S R3W2 963212 M0
We hope that Intel retires its entire Core-X lineup and focus on how to tackle AMD's Threadripper lineup with its own high core count chips which offer more than 18/28 cores since AMD has been offering 64 core chips for a while and 96/128 cores seem to be the next stop for them in the few coming generations. If Intel doesn't catch up now, they might as well be left behind for a long time.