Intel Core i9-10980XE Review: 18-Core Cascade Lake-X Battles AMD

Intel officially took the wraps off of its upcoming Cascade Lake-X based HEDT processors back in early October, revealed its updated pricing strategy, and the new features coming to its flagship desktop processor line-up. If you missed the original announcement and array of leaked performance data since then, Cascade Lake-X is a essentially a refresh of Skylake-X (the processor cores are mostly unchanged), but with official support for faster memory, more aggressive clocking and boost algorithms, and DL Boost integration, to help accelerate and array of AI workloads.

Cascade Lake-X will work in existing X299-based motherboards (with the proper BIOS support), its peak core count is unchanged (18), and despite higher boost clocks, its power envelope remains the same as well. Where Intel has really shaken things up, however, is pricing. Whereas the previous-generation flagship Core i9-9980XE launched at $1,979, the new 10th Gen Core i9-10980XE we’ll be showing you here today arrives with an MSRP of only $979. As you’ll see, the Core i9-10980XE is faster than the previous-gen in almost every way, and our power numbers were somewhat surprising as well, but pricing has been slashed by more than half.

Intense pressure from rival AMD has clearly had an impact on Intel’s desktop processor strategy, and AMD plans to release some new HEDT (High-End Desktop) processors of its own a few hours after this article goes live. However, since Intel has officially lifted the embargo on the Core i9-10980XE we thought we’d show the goods ASAP. So, here goes…

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Intel Core i9-10980XE HEDT Processor
Specifications & Features
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  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0: Dynamically increases the processor frequency up to 4.6 GHz when applications demand more performance. Speed when you need it, energy efficiency when you don’t.
  • Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0: Now identifies the two best performing cores to provide increased single- and dual-core performance up to 4.8…

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