Intel Core i9-10980XE Cascade Lake-X 18 Core, $979 US CPU Review With MSI Creator X299 – Creation Enthusiasts Ahoy!

Nov 25, 2019
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Intel Core i9-10980XE CPU / MSI X299 Creator Motherboard

2019
Type Processor / Motherboard
Price $979 US / $539 US

Intel 10th Gen Cascade Lake-X HEDT CPU Family

The Intel 10th Gen X-series lineup consists of four SKUs, an 18 core, a 14 core, a 12 core, and a 10 core processor. All are fully unlocked for overclocking, are hyperthreading enabled and feature the company’s latest Turbo Core 3.0 technology.

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The new lineup is still based on the Skylake-X microarchitecture and the 14nm process, however, the company has taken steps to make the 10th generation significantly more competitive in the market which includes:

1- Significantly lower pricing per core vs the 9th generation Core X family.
2- Higher single and all-core turbo clock speeds vs the 9th gen family.
3- Support for Intel Performance Maximizer, 2.5G Intel i225 Ethernet and Wi-Fi 6.

There are various technologies that are featured on Skylake-X processors that lead to better performance and efficient CPU functioning. Upgrades such as the new Mesh architecture interconnect and Turbo Boost MAX 3.0 have already been detailed, more details on them can be found in the links below:

Intel Core i9-10980XE Processor

Priced at $979 (you are paying $54.38 per core) and featuring the Cascade Lake architecture, the Core-i9 10980XE is the first 18 core processor from Intel priced under $1000 US. It packs 8 cores and 36 threads. It features a base clock of 3.3 GHz as well as a Turbo Boost Max 3.0 of 4.8 GHz. An all-core boost of 3.8 GHz is specced for this processor. The 18 MB of L2 cache is complimented by 24.75  MB of L3 cache and features quad-channel DDR4-2933 memory. The Core i9-10980XE has a TDP of 165W (PL1) and 198W (PL2).

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Intel Core i9-10940X Processor

Priced at $784 (you are paying $56.00 per core) and featuring the Cascade Lake architecture, the Core-i9 10940X packs 14 cores, and 28 threads. It features a base clock of 3.3 GHz as well as a Turbo Boost Max 3.0 of 4.8 GHz. An all-core boost of 4.1 GHz is specced for this processor. The 14 MB of L2 cache is complimented by 19.25 MB of L3 cache and features quad-channel DDR4-2933 memory. The Core i9-10940XE has a TDP of 165W.

Intel Core i9-10920X Processor

Priced at $689 (you are paying $57.41 per core) and featuring the Cascade Lake architecture, the Core-i9 10920X packs 12 cores, and 24 threads. It features a base clock of 3.5 GHz as well as a Turbo Boost Max 3.0 of 4.8 GHz. An all-core boost of 4.3 GHz is specced for this processor. The 12 MB of L2 cache is complimented by 16.50 MB of L3 cache and features quad-channel DDR4-2933 memory. The Core i9-10920XE has a TDP of 165W.

Intel Core i9-10900X Processor

Priced at $590 (you are paying $59.00 per core) and featuring the Cascade Lake architecture, the Core-i9 10900X packs 10 cores, and 20 threads. It features a base clock of 3.7 GHz as well as a Turbo Boost Max 3.0 of 4.7 GHz. An all-core boost of 3.8 GHz is specced for this processor. The 10 MB of L2 cache is complimented by 13.75 MB of L3 cache and features quad-channel DDR4-2933 memory. The Core i9-10980XE has a TDP of 165W.

Intel 10th Gen Core i9 'Cascade Lake' X-Series CPU Lineup

CPU NameCores / ThreadsBase ClockSingle Core TurboAll Core TurboL3 CacheTDPPrice
Intel Core i9-10990XE22/444.0 GHz5.0 GHz5.0 GHz30.25 MB380WTBA
Intel Core i9-10980XE18/363.0 GHz4.8 GHz3.8 GHz24.75 MB165W$979
Intel Core i9-10940X14/283.3 GHz4.8 GHz4.1 GHz19.25 MB165W$784
Intel Core i9-10920X12/243.5 GHz4.8 GHz4.3 GHz16.50 MB165W$689
Intel Core i9-10900X10/203.7 GHz4.7 GHz3.8 GHz13.75 MB165W$590
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