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Intel Releases Core i9 9980XE processor for X299

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Intel has just announced the launch of it’s latest HEDT processor, the Core i9 9980XE which is a direct replacement for the existing Core i9 7980XE. The new CPU built on the Skylake-X platform features 18 cores and 36 threads, the same as before. However it boasts a slightly higher clock speed of 3.0GHz (vs. 2.6GHz) and a turbo frequency of 3.8GHz (vs. 3.4GHz).

Aside from the clock speeds all other specs remain the same. Processor support is still based on the same X299 platform which uses the LGA2066 socket. While actual benchmarks don’t exist as of yet, it will be interesting to see how it stacks up to its predecessor and if the price increase is justifiable. No word yet if these CPUs will work on Intel’s up and coming X599 or Z399 chipsets which release date is unknown at this point.

Intel Core i9 9980XE Processor

Specifications of the Intel Core i9 9980XE vs Core i9 7980XE

Processor Model Core i9 7980XE Core i9 9980XE
CPU core Skylake-X Skylake-X
Socket LGA2066 LGA2066
Clock frequency 2.6GHz 3.0GHz
Cores turbo clock 3.4GHz 3.8GHz
Max. turbo clock 4.4GHz 4.5GHz
Number of cores 18 cores 18 cores
Number of threads 36 36
HyperThreading / SMT Yes Yes
Thermal design power 165W 165W
Production process 14 nm 14 nm
Number of PCIe lanes 44 44

The Core i9 9980XE is available for order now and can be purchased for $1979.00 USD. More information can be found on Intel’s product page.

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