Intel announced the X series CPUs at Computex 2017 but there really was not much information regarding the CPUs that feature more than 10 cores. It seemed like a response to AMD Threadripper and like Intel did not know what they were getting themselves into.
There isn’t much information regarding higher end Intel Core i9 CPUs but we have some details here. It is pretty clear that it is unlikely that motherboard partners will be able to provide support for CPUs that range from 4 cores to 18 cores on a single platform.
There are a couple of discrepancies that Intel has not clarified yet and it is more than likely that Intel Core i9 CPUs that feature more than 10 cores will come out on a different socket.
If Intel does decide to release a different version of the socket 2066 it would not be surprising as the CPU with more than 10 cores will have a much higher TDP and this is not the firs time that Intel will be pulling off something like this.
We have seen this before with the LGA 2011 socket, there was a v3 variant later on. Sources suggest that higher end Intel X series CPUs will have TDPs higher than 200W and that is why there will be an LGA socket 2066 V2 somewhere down the line and if you think about it, this does make a lot of sense. The Intel X series lineup has been criticized for its vagueness and how Intel is planning on pulling this off.
The release date of these CPUs is also a bit shaky but one thing is for sure, if these high-end CPUs come out at the end of the year or the start of 2018 then AMD will have a huge upper hand as AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs will be coming out in the Summer.
Let us know what you think about these upcoming Intel Core i9 CPUs.