Intel just unleashed its Core i9 9980XE processor.

It is a 18-core CPU that can be seated onto socket 2066 which can also be used in the X299 motherboards. The processor gets a suggested retail price of $1979, which is excluding the VAT (Won’t be thinking about pairing this with your GTX 1060).

Core i9 9980XE resonates from the Skylake-X lineup; thus, a refreshed processor that boasts faster base and turbo clock frequencies. The base clock for the 9980XE is 3 GHz, which is substantially higher than its predecessor (400 MHz). The maximum single-core turbo clock speed is listed to be 4.5 GHz, 100 MHz higher than the 7980XE. The all-core turbo of the 9980XE is unknown but from what we are reading seems to be 3.8 GHz.

Processor Core i9 7980XE Boxed Core i9 9980XE Boxed
CPU core Skylake-X Skylake-X
Socket 2066 2066
Clock frequency 2.6 GHz 3.0 GHz
All cores turbo clock frequency 3.4 GHz ~3.8 GHz
Max. turbo clock frequency 4.4 GHz 4.5 GHz
Number of cores 18 cores 18 cores
Number of threads 36 36
HyperThreading / SMT Yes Yes
Thermal design power 165 W 165 W
Production process 14 nm 14 nm
Number of PCIe lanes 44 44



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