Intel has today confirmed the existence of the Intel Core X Series desktop processors, which mark the 10th Generation of the Intel Core CPUs.
Four i9 chips have been announced by Intel, with boosted clock speeds maxing out at 4.8GHz and the core and thread count climbing as high as 18 and 36 respectively. Judging from the spec sheet, the new X Series chips look to focus mainly on improving performance for multitasking and creative pursuits, making them more competitive with the AMD’s Ryzen 3000 Series processors.
Every processor in the X Series lineup will be unlocked, giving them oodles of potential for overclocking. Other new features include support for 256GB DDR4-2933 RAM and updated Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology.
Intel strangely didn’t provide any details on the architecture, specifically whether it had finally been able to to reduce the size of the 14-nanometre manufacturing process. There has also been no word on the compatible X-Series chipset, and whether it will support the Z390 chipset which the 9th Generation Intel Core CPUs use. Intel did however confirm more information will shortly be revealed which will most likely answer these questions.
Every one of Intel’s newly announced 10th Generation processors feature a surprisingly high 165W TDP. This suggests Intel has not altered its processor architecture for the 10th Generation offerings, as Intel attempt to squeeze every drop of performance power out of the 14-nanometre architecture.
Intel did provide lots of details on the specs, price and release window though. Scroll down for everything you need to know about Intel’s newly announced X Series processors.
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Intel Core X-Series release date – When will Intel X Series come out?
Intel confirmed it’s targeting a November release window for its Intel Core X Series desktop processors. While all four newly revealed i9 chips will likely hit shelves in November, expect i5 and i7 processors to join the family at a later point too.
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Intel Core X Series price – How much will Intel X Series cost?
The Intel Core X Series ranges from $590 to $979.
The Intel Core i9-10900X chip is currently the cheapest in the family at $590, featuring boosted clock speeds up to 4.7GHz and 10 cores.
Meanwhile, the Intel Core i9-10920X is slightly more pricer at $689, and sees a marginal increase in boosted clock speed to 4.8GHz and a bump in cores to 12.
Next up it’s the Intel Core i9-10940X. With a steep price of $784, this CPU also features a 4.8GHz boosted clock speed but sees the cores and threads jump up to 14 and 28.
Finally we have the seriously expensive Intel Core i9-10980XE Extreme Edition costing a whopping $979. Pay that giant fee and you’ll see the core and thread count soar to 18 and 36 respectively, although the boosted clock remains at 4.8GHz.