Intel’s new Cascade Lake-X processors for high-end desktop computers are coming in November. At launch the lineup ranges from a 10-core/20-thread Core i9-1090X processor to an 18-core/36-thread Core i9-10980XE.
Unsurprisingly, Intel is promising a number of improvements over the its previous-gen Skylake-X chips. But what is a little surprising is that the company is pretty much cutting prices in half.
The new chips have list prices of $590 to $979, compared to the $989 – $1979 range for Skylake-X.
The move is likely due to increased competition from AMD, which sells a line of Ryzen Threadripper chips with similar features at much lower prices.
The upcoming Ryzen 9 3950X, for example, is expected to be a 16-core processor with a $749 price tag.
So it’s also interesting to note that Microsoft’s Cascade Lake-X lineup doesn’t include a 16-core processor at all, making it a little tougher to do an oranges-to-oranges comparison.
Here are the first Cascade-Lake X chips:
|Turbo Boost 2.0||Turbo Boost 3.0||TDP||Price|
|Core i9-10980XE||18C / 36T||3.0||3.8||4.6||4.8||165 W||$979|
|Core i9-10940X||14C / 28T||3.3||4.1||4.6||4.8||165 W||$784|
|Core i9-10920X||12C / 24T||3.5||4.3||4.6||4.8||165 W||$689|
|Core i9-10900X||10C / 20T||3.7||4.3||4.5||4.7||165 W||$590|
Aside from the more affordable prices, here are some of the other changes:
- Support for up to 256GB of quad-channel memory (up from 128GB)
- 48 lanes of PCIe 3.0 (up from 44)
- Platform support for WiFi 6 AX200 and 2.5G Ethernet (additional hardware required)
Intel says all of the chips are 165 watt processors that are unlocked for folks that want to overclock their chips.