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|
|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|