Intel unveils Cascade Lake-X: 18 cores for less than $1,000

New items have become much more affordable (compared to the Skylake-X line, because the flagship processor model of this line, Core i9-9980XE, costs $1,979) – the 18-core Core i9-10980XE costs only $979 which is half the price of its predecessors.

The new processors, however, are still very similar to Skylake and are manufactured using the 14 nm ++ process, however, the company did a good job on performance – now the frequencies in Turbo Boost Max 3.0 reach 4.8 GHz. Additionally, processors now support up to 256 GB of RAM in four-channel mode.

According to Intel, the frequencies of all the chips are completely unlocked, and the power consumption is 165 watts, which should be enough for long-term operation in Turbo-mode. New items are also compatible with motherboards based on the X299 chipset.

Among the other features of Cascade Lake-X, Intel highlights support for Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (GB +), Thunderbolt 3 and Optane 905P SSDs, as well as the Intel Deep Learning Boost and Intel Performance Maximizer overclocking tool, which makes it easy to overclock the processor manually or automatically.

The Cascade Lake-X line of processors will be available for purchase in November.

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