Intel slashes prices alongside its update of Core X-series chips

Yet another 14nm process CPU arrives from Intel.
Written by Chris Duckett, Contributor

Intel has updated its Core-X lineup, this time basing it on the Cascade Lake series of processors.

Four chips in all have been released, with the Core i9-10980XE Extreme Edition being the beefiest of the bunch. The 10980XE has the lowest base speed, at 3GHz, but it has the highest number of cores at 18, and the largest L3 cache with 24.75MB in total.

At the other end of the Core-X spectrum, the Core i9-10900X has the highest base frequency at 3.7GHz, but has almost half the number of cores by comparison with 10, and has 19.25MB of cache.

The other two chips, the 10940X and 10920X, have 14 and 12 cores operating at 3.3GHz and 3.5GHz respectively, alongside 19.25MB of cache.

Alongside the new chips, Intel has halved the prices for its top-of-the-line Core i9 processors. Last year's top 9980XE model had hit the market with a price of $1,980, but this year, the price of the 10980XE will be $980.

For the other new chips, the 10940X will cost $785, the 10920X is $690, and the 10900X is $590.

Cascade Lake chips are built on the older Skylake 14nm manufacturing process, which the chip giant recently moved beyond with its Ice Lake launch.

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In May, AMD announced its third-generation Ryzen processors built on 7nm technology.

Topping the range is the Ryzen 9 3900X, which is set to cost $500, packs 12 cores, has a 2.8GHz base frequency with 4.6GHz boost, and has 70MB of cache.

"That's half the price of our competition with much, much more performance," AMD CEO Dr Lisa Su said at the time.

Last week, Intel published a research paper on a new type of memory that would be safe against speculative execution side-channel attacks, such as Meltdown, Spectre, L1TF, SGXSpectre, SWAPGSAttack, Zombieload, MDS, and others.

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