Intel’s Cascade Lake-X Processor: 18 cores for Under $1000

Intel has revealed details than planned on their upcoming Cascading Lake-X class of processors for the high-end desktop (HEDT) market. Similar to the way Intel’s Cascade Lake-based Xeon Scalable processors are an output of further revision of Skyler Xeons, offering new security fixes and increases the clock speed.

The new HEDT processors grant:

  • High frequencies
  • More memory capacity
  • Better protection against side-channel attacks

Now, Intel has revealed information about the upcoming HEDT chips, which are more affordable than its previous Skyler-X Line series. However, the key prices are the big fall in Intel’s pricing. Intel will be releasing its 18 core-part which is Core i9-9980XE for under $1000.

This pricing is a sizeable shift in Intel’s approach, most people will be said at AMD as having made this same thing happen. Within the next month, AMD is set to launch its 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X under $1000, which will offer support for 128GB DRAM and also 16PCIe 4.0 lanes for slots. So Intel will have real competition with the AMD. But Cascade Lake-X is still based on Skylake and 14nm++ process nods, however, Turbo Boost Max 3.0 speeds are increases to 4.8GHz. And also all the CPUs will support 256 GB of quad-channel memory (up from 128 GB) and have 48 PCIe 3.0 lanes, Memory speed support is claimed as DDR4-2933 for DIMM per channel, DDR4-2666 for 2 DIMMs per channel.

Intel has listed as external controllers, Wi-Fi and 2.5GbE support on these new processors. It could mean internal to the chipset or controller from the external.

These CPUs will have the same security moderations as the Cascade Lake Xeon processors, additionally with updated hardware for the numbers of side-channel attacks. We looking forward to hearing from Intel if the firmware that supports these Lake-X processors will also have additional fixes in for Zombieload by default. And the good news is Intel’s Cascade Lake-X processors will be available in November.

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