Intel officially reveals the specification of their high-end X299 CPU lineup

Intel officially reveals the specification of their high-end X299 CPU lineup

Intel officially reveals the specification of their high-end X299 CPU lineup

 

When Intel announced their Skylake-X CPU lineup, their highest end 12-18 core SKUs were listed without their full specifications, leaving many curious how much single-threaded performance the company planned on offering when compared to their lower core count offerings.  

Many assumed that Intel would have to sacrifice core clock speeds to maintain a low TDP with their 12-18 core parts, though Intel has done a great job to ensure that they are able to achieve high boost clock speeds that will allow Skylake-X to easily power through both single-threaded and heavily multi-threaded tasks.  

We can see that even with increased core counts, Intel has been able to offer some high turbo boost frequencies on their high core count CPU offerings, offering Turbo Boost 3.0 speeds of 4.4GHz, which is a high boost clock speed for any modern CPU. Even so, the base clock speeds of higher-end models do see a downward trend as core counts increase, especially after Intel’s CPUs reach a higher TDP of 165W.    

 

  Archtecture Process Cores/Threads Base Boost 2.0 Boost 3.0 L3 Cache PCIe lanes TDP Price
Core i9 7980XE Skylake-X 14nm 18/36 2.6GHz 4.2GHz 4.4GHz 24.75MB 44 165W $1999
Core i9 7960X 16/32 2.8GHz 4.2GHz 4.4GHz 22MB 44 165W $1699
Core i9 7940X 14/28 3.1GHz 4.3GHz 4.4GHz 19.25MB 44 165W $1399
Core i9 7920X 12/24 2.9GHz 4.3GHz 4.4GHz 16.5MB 44 140W $1199
Core i9 7900X 10/20 3.3GHz 4.3GHz 4.5GHz 13.75MB 44 140W $999
Core i7 7820X 8/16 3.6GHz 4.3GHz 4.5GHz 11MB 28 140W $599
Core i7 7800X 6/12 3.5GHz 4.0GHz N/A 8.25MB 28 140W $389
Core i7 7740X Kaby Lake-X 4/8 4.3GHz 4.5GHz N/A 8MB 16 112W $339
Core i5 7640X 4/4 4.0GHz 4.2GHz N/A 6MB 16 112W $242

 

What we can see here is that Intel’s higher core count offerings will not be making any major sacrifices when it comes to single-threaded performance, which is great news for consumers.  

It will be very interesting to see how AMD’s upcoming Threadripper series of CPUs will compete with Skylake-X, given their more affordable pricing per core and the 64 available PCIe 3.0 lanes that are present in every Threadripper CPU.

High-end overclockers will also be interested in how well Intel’s X299 platform copes with 18-core CPU overclocking, given the recent thermal controversies surrounding the VRM temps of motherboards in AVX heavy tasks.

Intel officially reveals the specification of their high-end X299 CPU lineup

 
Intel has announced that their 12-core i9 7920X will be available on August 28th, with their higher-end 14-18 core models becoming available to purchase from September 25th. 

 

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