In 2017, Intel responded to the Threadripper threat by pumping out high-core count (HCC) Skylake X processors in the consumer space. And while processors like the Core i9-7980XE outperformed the Ryzen Threadtripper 1950X, they were also much more expensive, allowing more enthusiastic consumers to use the AMD solution for high-end desktop (HEDT).
Now that Threadripper 2nd Generation is all but here, Intel has been mysteriously silent about the next-generation processors (HEDT). However, we recently received some leaked route maps that suggest that Intel plans to release its next HEDT platform later this year. Or this & # 39; Bassin Falls Refresh & # 39; Cascade Lake-X is, remains to be seen.
Unlike last year, when Intel announced Skylake-X processors and released it on Computex 2017, all Intel on Computex 2018 had to show a vague 28-core processor. While Intel has since clarified that this 28-core colossus turned an architecture of 14 nm and can overclock to 5 GHz, we still do not know on the basis of which micro-architecture it is built.
Shortly after the mini debut, multiple sites named the 28-core CPU as a Cascade Lake-X processor that used the LGA 3647 connection that is typically reserved for Xeon chips. This makes us believe that it can be a foretaste of what is to come – even if it is an overclocked server-grade chip that has been redesigned for the consumer market – for Cascade Lake-X.
However, we do not have much official information about Cascade Lake-X, so its existence is now based purely on rumors and speculation. Be sure to keep this page as a bookmark because we keep this page updated with new information coming our way.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Intel next-line of high-end desktop CPUs
- When is it out? End of 2018 or early 2019
- How much is it? TBD
Intel Cascade Lake-X release date
The release schedule for Cascade Lake-X is quite a mess. Now we know that the incredible 28-core processor that Intel showed on Computex 2018 is reportedly released in Q4 2018.
According to a report from ExtremeTech, the Intel roadmap shows that the Cascade Lake-X HEDT processors will make their debut next year. This would be logical, as it would coincide with the rumored release of Cannon Lake next year. However, we have also seen leaked route maps pointing to the end of 2018 as the release window for Intel's next HEDT platform. Anyway, we know for sure that we will soon find out.
Intel Cascade Lake-X price
This is where things may become uncomfortable, so brace yourself. Intel does not really have a history of releasing HCC and HEDT processors for what we & # 39; reasonable & # 39; would call prices. So we expect the price of Cascade Lake-X to drop in line with, or exceed the prices of Skylake-X.
We have taken the liberty to list the prices of Skylake-X processors below.
- Intel Core i7-7800X: $ 383 (£ 329, AU $ 519)
- Intel Core i7-7820X: $ 589 (£ 509, AU $ 799)
- Intel Core i9-7900X: $ 989 (£ 819, AU $ 1,309)
- Intel Core i9-7920X: $ 1,189 (£ 990, AU $ 1,589)
- Intel Core i9-7940X: $ 1,387 (£ 1,099, AU $ 1,899)
- Intel Core i9-7960X: $ 1,684 (£ 1,399, AU $ 2,279)
- Intel Core i9-7980XE: $ 1,979 (£ 1,649, AU $ 2,729)
Specifications Intel Cascade Lake-X
Assuming that the 28-core CPU that Computex showed is an indication of what we can expect from Cascade Lake-X, everything is about to get bananas.
Skylake-X could offer significantly higher core numbers than the previous generation of HEDT CPUs, precisely because it was manufactured on a smaller chip. Cascade Lake-X does not have the same advantage as it is based on the similar 14nm ++ process and die-size as its predecessor.
Although it is able to offer slightly higher core numbers, core clocks and energy efficiency than Skylake-X, the leap in performance will not be so breathtaking.
However, if Intel is able to use this process refinement to offer a better value proposition – perhaps with the provision of a 10-core processor for less than $ 1,000, it might attract many enthusiasts to this upcoming HEDT platform, instead from the cheaper regular chips.
And because Intel has announced a 28-core processor, followed by rumors about a 22-core processor, we have reason to believe Intel intends this. Maybe we are seeing a 10-core Core i7 X-series processor – that would certainly put AMD on the defensive.
We have seen a list of one Cascade Lake processoralthough it was quickly broken down. It pointed to a Xeon server-class processor, rather than any kind of consumer-grade product. Do not worry, because you probably would not want to drop $ 50,000 on a server with a Xeon CPU. Probably this is just an example of what comes with the Cascade Lake-X processors.
We just have to wait until Intel reveals what's in store – and we'll update this page if we know more.