Intel Launches New Core i9-9980XE Extreme Edition HEDT CPU

/ 7 months ago

Intel Launches New Core i9-9980XE Extreme Edition HEDT CPU

18-Core, 36-Thread Monster

Intel is not sitting by idly as AMD‘s Threadripper gobbles up more share in the high-end desktop space. They are now launching the Core i9-9980XE, a new flagship 18-core, 36-thread monster CPU for X299 chipset boards. The ‘XE’ in this case, stands for “Extreme Edition“. Which should be obvious by the high-core count, as well as the 24.75MB cache, and of course, the high price tag.

How Does it Compare to Other Intel X-Series CPUs?

The processor starts at 3.0GHz and boosts up to 4.4GHz with regular Turbo boost. With the Turbo Boost Max 3.0 feature however, it can boost up to 4.5GHz.

In terms of TDP, Intel officially puts this under 165W. Considering Intel defines TDP through the “average” power, it makes sense that this number appears low, despite high temperatures exhibited by Intel’s HEDT X-series. The Tjunction temperature of the package is 84 degrees Celcius.

The rest of the features remain the same as other X-series CPUs. It is compatible with X299 chipset and LGA2066 socket motherboards. Plus, it supports up to 128GB DDR4-2666 in quad-channel configuration.

See the table below for the full feature comparison.

Intel Launches New Core i9-9980XE Extreme Edition HEDT CPU

How Much is the Core i9-990XE CPU?

The manufacturer suggested retail price is set to $1979 USD, although it is not listed in any retail stores as of writing this article.

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One Response to “Intel Launches New Core i9-9980XE Extreme Edition HEDT CPU”
  1. Vorlon says:

    I think Intel thinks that it is still 2008 and they can charge whatever they want for Nehalem… cough Skylake-X cough, darn winter is coming ;). Yes… decade of no progress whatsoever and just milking the market and cutting the coupons. There is a news flash Blues. AMD craps all over you – and I say that as avid Intel user since my first 386SX/25! This particular chip is worst money grab of all time. There is no bloody improvement at all (soldered IHS is not exactly worthwhile news).

    Ryzen or TR is not ideal and I don’t really like it (I for one really want TB support badly plus memory latency&quirks/ipc really sucks in ipc heavy worfklow), but for the price of entire AMD platform and few extras you can only get 1 Intel CPU. It is a no brainer. Basically I’m in the place that I’ll get Intel for Mac/hackintosh, leaving AMD to do the rest. Can’t wait what Zen2 TR shows.

    People would buy Intel in droves if they slashed prices by 30-40%, but they decided to do Apple and ignore the reality. Plonkers.

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