After months of leaked slides and teasers, Intel made a last minute change to deliver a proper counterpart for Threadripper. The i9-7980XE CPU is currently the fastest consumer CPU with 18-cores. Although Intel made it official, exact specs remain unknown. What we do know is that it features 18-cores and 36 threads, 4 more than Ryzen Threadripper. This Extreme Edition will cost a whooping 2000 USD, so we expect Ryzen to be cheaper.

Product stack contains two architectures: Skylake-X and Kabylake-X. While it’s hard to explain what is 4C part doing here exactly we learn that there are 7 processors with more than 6 cores. The specs are only known for 7920X – 7800X. The 7800X and 7820X do not support Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0, which is a boost clock for individual cores to increase performance in single and dual-threaded applications. The pricing for 6-core part starts at 369 USD and spans up to 1999 USD for 7980XE.

Intel Core-X Series Specifications
Processor Cores/ Threads L3 Cache PCIe Lanes Base Clock Turbo Clock 2.0 Turbo Clock 3.0 Price
Core i9-7980XE
18C/36T
TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD $1999
Core i9-7960X
16C/32T
TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD $1699
Core i9-7940X
14C/28T
TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD $1399
Core i9-7920X
12C/24T
16.5 MB
44
TBD TBD TBD $1199
Core i9-7900X
10C/20T
13.75 MB
44
3.3 GHz
4.3 GHz
4.5 GHz
$999
Core i9-7820X
8C/16T
11 MB
28
3.6 GHz
4.3 GHz
4.5 GHz
$599
Core i9-7800X
6C/12T
8.25 MB
28
3.5 GHz
4.0 GHz
$389
Core i7-7740X
4C/8T
8 MB
16
4.3 GHz
4.5 GHz
$369
Core i5-7640X
4C/4T
6 MB
16
4.0 GHz
4.2 GHz
$242

Intel’s next HEDT lineup will reportedly be coming with Asetek cooling solution with 120mm radiator.