Since someone broke the embargo, Intel is allowing us to publish this part of the embargoed information early. Intel is releasing a new series of Core i9 X-Series CPUs with up to 18 cores for only $979. At the same time, the company is also refreshing the platform with some great features. We are writing this up quickly since we just got the OK to publish this due to the leak.
New Intel Core i9-10900 Series Platform Features
First and foremost, the new Core i9 SKUs utilize the LGA2066 platform and Intel is enabling up to 72 platform PCIe lanes. That includes lanes from the C422 PCH, not just the CPU so there is a big caveat there. Intel is practically limited by CPU package pins.
There is support for up to 256GB of DDR4-2933 memory using unbuffered memory. On this series, we asked, and there is no RDIMM support since it is not a Xeon. The new chips also have features like a 4.8GHz maximum turbo boost speed and unlocked multipliers for overclocking. We were told the Intel DL Boost is like what we see on the 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Platform. Intel also is updating networking with 2.5GbE and Wi-Fi 6 support by collaborating with its board partners. 1GbE is too slow so we hope Intel continues to move the market here.
New Intel Core i9-10900 Series SKUs
There are four new Intel Core i9-10900 series SKUs. The top-end Intel Core i9-10980XE is perhaps the most interesting for our readers. It is the company’s 18 core SKU for only $979.
The SKU stack also has a 10 core Intel Core i9-10900X for only $590 which will prove an intriguing upgrade over the Intel Xeon E-2100 and Xeon E-2200 series with more platform expansion and cores.
These are consumer chips that we think our readers will find intriguing. Those using Xeon E5 generation workstations will likely see a big performance boost and lower power consumption with the new Core i9 parts for workstations. Of course, we wish these supported ECC RDIMMs, but Intel reserves that support for Xeon variants of its consumer parts. At under $1000, the Intel Core i9-10980XE is perhaps the best high-end workstation performance per dollar part out there.
More on this set of announcements when we are finally able to discuss them more.