Intel Core i9-10990XE: processor preview

By | January 13, 2020

The situation in the highest performance segment has become dramatic. However, Intel is not going to give up and is reportedly planning to release a 22-core monster for X299 boards.

Core i9-10980XE is currently the most efficient consumer processor from the "blue" offer. 18 cores / 36 threads offers very good performance, but it has nothing to do with the new AMD offer. This may not end there, because there have been rumors on the network about an even more efficient Core i9-10990XE model.

Intel is preparing the Core i9-10990XE?

It is unofficially known that the Core i9-10990XE will be equipped with 22 cores / 44 threads with a 4.0 GHz base clock (Turbo Boost clock is not yet known). In addition, it has a 4-channel DDR4 memory controller, 1 MB second-level cache per core and 30.25 MB shared third-level cache.

Intel Core i9-10990XE - CPU-Z

High performance, however, was paid for by a very high TDP – this is to be as much as 380 W (!). So you can suspect that the design will pose a serious challenge for the X299 motherboards (not to mention the cooling of this "oven").

ModelIntel Core i9
Intel Core i9
Intel Core i9
10990XE *
GenerationCascade Lake-X
Skylake / 14 nm ++
Cascade Lake-X
Skylake / 14 nm ++
Cascade Lake-X
Skylake / 14 nm ++
supportIntel LGA 2066Intel LGA 2066Intel LGA 2066
Cores / Threads14/2818/3622/44
Taktowanie / Max Boost3.3 / 4.8 GHz3.0 / 4.8 GHz4.0 / ?? GHz
Boost on all coresN.A.~ 3.8 GHz?? GHz
L2 memory14x 1 MB18x 1 MB22x 1 MB
L3 memory19.25 MB24.75 MB30.25 MB
Memory controllerDDR4-2933
PCIe lines48x PCIe 3.048x PCIe 3.048x PCIe 3.0
Unlocked multiplierYESYESYES
TDP165 watts165 watts380 watts
PricePLN 4,2005500 zlotys???
* unofficial specification

Intel Core i9-10990XE processor performance

Core i9-10990XE would take the position of the most efficient processor in the manufacturer's offer (taking into account models targeted at the consumer market).

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Intel Core i9-10990XE - Cinebench R20

If you believe the leaks, the Core i9-10990XE with a clock speed of up to 5 GHz in the Cinebench R20 benchmark reaches about 14,000 points. This is a much better result than the Core i9-10980XE (the one with standard clocks reaches around 8800 points) and comparable to the competitor model Ryzen Threadripper 3960X working with standard settings.

Does the release of the Core i9-10990XE make sense?

There is no denying that Intel is in serious trouble when it comes to the highest performance segment. Recently, the competition has attacked with new Ryzen Threadripper units (including the 64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X), and we are still waiting for the premiere of the new generation of Ice Lake processors.

One solution would be to move more Xeon server systems to the consumer segment (20, 22, 24, 26 and 28 core constructions are available here). However, this would be a temporary solution – hot and probably not too cheap. Will the producer really decide to take such a step? This is not known. The truth is that Intel must repel the attack with new designs as soon as possible.

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Source: ChipHell

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