Intel’s Core i9-9900K is going to cost users $488 for 8 cores and 16 threads. Meanwhile, the flagship model i9-9900XE is going to cost users close to $2000. Comparatively, AMD’s 24-Core Threadripper CPU costs $1299 while the 12-core model retails for over $600.
From the price point and core count alone, it is hard to see exactly who Intel is trying to market these chips to. Proper benchmarks are yet to arrive but it is a safe bet that AMD Threakripper 2970WX and 2820X are going to outperform Intel’s new line.
Intel’s Core i9 Line Core X Full Line Up
- Core i9-9980XE – 18 Core – $1979
- Core i9-9960X – 16 Core – $1684
- Core i9-9940X – 14 Core – $1384
- Core i9-9920X – 12 Core – $1189
- Core i9-9900X – 10 Core – $989
- Core i9-9820X – 10 Core – $898
- Core i7-9800X – 6 Core – $589
- Core i7-9700K – 8Core – $373
- Core i5-9600K – 6 Core – $262
The chips listed above (images) show both the Basin Fall refresh as well as the Skylake-X HEDT Core-X chips. Basin Falls are improved version of the chips.
According to a new report, a new range of boards is expected to roll out for Skylake-X flagship CPUs with support for up to 192GB of RAM through 6-channels. Moreover, some of the motherboards will be designed to support dual PSUs and up to 32 VRMs. Such boards are designed to appeal to the extreme overclockers and PC builder’s niche who aren’t afraid to spend thousands of dollars on a PC build.
The new chips are announced by Intel earlier today and preorders are live. According to Intel, the Core i9 chips will roll out on October 19. This was first reported by Benchlife.
But the question remains, are the new chips to be worth it? Well, the premium price tag would need to be justified with benchmarks. AMD has really stepped up its game while Intel is struggling to maintain its manufacturing leadership. The new line of chips should help matters to some extent depending on how the benchmarks pan out.