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Intel promises 'dramatic changes' to upcoming X-series and HEDT processors

By Koh Wanzi - on 6 Sep 2019, 2:52pm

Intel promises 'dramatic changes' to upcoming X-series and HEDT processors

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Intel is looking to reassert itself in the desktop processor space with a couple of announcements ahead of IFA in Berlin. With AMD's Ryzen 3000 chips having put it on the back foot, the Santa Clara company will release the Core i9-9900KS next month, a specially binned version of the Core i9-9900K that can achieve a 5.0GHz Turbo clock on all eight cores. 

The Core i9-9900K is currently still the best gaming CPU you can buy today, even if AMD's higher-end Ryzen 3000 processors do give it a run for its money. Intel is certainly hoping that the Core i9-9900KS will help it retain that crown going forward, but its mainstream Core line-up still lacks anything to really challenge the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X (and the upcoming Ryzen 9 3950X).

Intel is also promising some bold stuff on the HEDT front. In a Medium post earlier today, Intel's Chief Performance Strategist Ryan Shrout spoke about "dramatic changes" that would be coming in October for X-series and HEDT processors.

Codenamed Cascade Lake-X, the new family of chips will supposedly offer up to 2x the performance per dollar of the previous generation. Shrout stopped short of detailing how this was going to be done, but the graph below shows that Intel expects to beat AMD's second-generation Threadripper chips handily in this aspect.

However, AMD also has a new generation of Threadripper processors in the works. These will be based on the 7nm Zen 2 CPU architecture that underpins its excellent Ryzen 3000 chips, so it's entirely possible that AMD will bounce back easily. 

With so few details at this point, we'll just have to wait and see what happens. 

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