Intel unveils new Core i9 processors

By Staff Writer | 02 Oct 2019 at 18:46hrs
Intel has announced its 10th generation line-up of high-end Core i9 processors for desktop PCs, Tom's Hardware reported.

The Cascade Lake-X processors will arrive in November 2019 and are based on the existing Skylake microarchitecture and manufactured on a 14nm process.

Intel's updated Ice Lake-based design uses a 10nm manufacturing process, but these chips are currently only available in premium laptops.

Base clock speeds in the desktop processors have been increased across the new generation and Intel has improved its Turboboost capability, allowing for the boosting of up to four cores.

The upped clock speeds also result in a heightened thermal design point of 165W.
Pricing and competition

Prices of these new processors have been cut by as much as 50% compared to the 9th-generation chips.

These prices cannot be compared directly, however, as Intel only made the price per unit for purchases of at least 1,000 chips available.

The top-end Core i9-10980XE will cost $979, as opposed to the launch price of $1,990 for last year's Core i9-9980XE.

The most affordable option in the new series, the 10-core i9-10900X will be priced at $590, while the i9-9900X will cost $1,020.

The table below illustrates the specifications and prices of the 10th-generation Core i9 desktop processors.



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