Intel Confirms Full Skylake-X Family Specs, 2.6GHz Core i9-7980XE 18-Core Beast Ships September 25th

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After the full Core-X lineup was leaked late last month, Intel has officially confirmed the details surrounding the remaining processors in the family. We should mention that there aren’t any new surprises here with regards to specs, but you will want to keep an eye on the availability dates.

The three remaining pieces to the Skylake-X puzzle are the Core i9-7940X, Core i9-7960X and Core i9-7980XE, which are 14-, 16- and 18-core processors respectively. While Intel had revealed pricing for all three processors when the Core X-Series was officially announced in May, final specs weren’t available at the time.

Intel today confirmed that the Core i9-7940X will have a base clock of 3.1GHz, Turbo Boost of 4.3GHz and Turbo Boost Max 3.0 of 4.4GHz. The Core i9-7960X gets a big cut in base frequency, dropping to 2.8GHz. The top-of-the-line $1,999 Core i9-7980XE’s base clock is even lower, coming in at 2.6GHz. Given that it has 18-cores to keep cool, it was expected that the Core i9-7980XE would come up with the short straw with regards to clock speeds. Turbo Boost and Turbo Boost Max 3.0 of frequencies for this top-end chip come in at 4.2GHz and 4.4GHz respectively.

All three chips have 44 PCIe lanes, support for DDR4-2666 memory and a TDP of 165W. The Core i9-7940X, Core i9-7960X and Core i9-7980XE are also confirmed to have 19.25MB, 22MB and 24.75MB of L3 cache respectively.

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In addition to officially revealing specifications for the full Core X-Series processor family, Intel announced that the Core i9-7920X (12 cores) will be available starting August 28th. The 14-, 16- and 18-core Core-X processors will be available on September 25th.

While Intel is expecting for all eyes to be on Core-X in the HEDT market, AMD is hoping to steal some attention with its competing Ryzen Threadripper family of processors. Available in 8-, 12-, and 16-core SKUs, Ryzen Threadripper promises to deliver comparable (or superior performance) while undercutting the Core X-Series.

These are the officially confirmed members of the Ryzen Threadripper family:

As we’ve already shown with our performance preview, the $999 Ryzen Threadripper 1950X offers a lot of bang for the buck compared to the 10-core Core i9-7900X. It’s definitely a great time to be a PC gaming enthusiast, and we have both Intel and AMD to thank for the healthy competition that is now brewing.