26 November 2019
Intel has launched its 10th Generation Cascade Lake X-series (Cascade-X) processors that are aimed at delivering high-end performance. It means this lineup of processors is primarily targeted at professional gamers and anyone looking for the best possible performance like video editors and graphics professionals. The most important thing to note here is that Intel has priced these new processors significantly cheaper as compared to the previous Skylake-X offering.
The new lineup includes a total of four models with all of them featuring the Intel Core i9 branding. Specifically, these are commercially named as Core i9-10900X, Core i9-10920X, Core i9-10940X, and Core i9-10960X Extreme Edition with a base clock speed of 3.7GHz, 3.5GHz, 3.3GHz, and 3.0GHz respectively.
The most powerful model in the series is the Intel Core i9-10960X Extreme Editon which is an 18-cores, 36 threads processor. It is capable of offering a boosted clock speed of up to 4.8GHz using Intel's Turbo Boost Max 3.0 technology. Other features include 24.75MB of L3 Cache memory, four channels DDR4-2933 memory support, and Intel Optane Memory support. All other models also come with the same features except for a few differences for the sake of differentiation.
As we said in the beginning, it is the pricing that Intel has kept very low in relation to what it used to charge previously. The Intel Core i9-10960X Extreme Edition is priced at $979 which is still expensive for many users but a lot cheaper than the previous model's around $2,000 pricing. The reason behind such a huge price drop is AMD's recently released Threadripper processors that have taken the fight back to Intel by offering serious competition.
The cheapest model in the series is Core i9-10900X which will cost you only $590 followed by Core i9-10920X and Core i9-10940X priced at $689 and $784 respectively. The exact release date is currently unknown but Intel is expected to make the available sometime in November 2019.