Intel announced the new X-series CPUs at Computex that consists of the new Kaby lake-X and Skylake-X CPUs. We know that the top of the line Intel i9 7980XE will feature 18 cores and 36 threads but Intel has been very vague about the details. We have got some new information regarding the release window of the Intel i9 7980XE.
The announcement of the higher end models of the X series CPUs seems to have been a reaction to AMD’s Threadripper announcement and it seems that Intel just announced something in order to counter AMD’s announcement without first figuring out how they were going to pull this off in the first place.
According to details regarding Intel i9 7980XE, the extreme edition CPU will cost $1999 and that is a very steep price indeed. We recently got word that the 16 core, 32 thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper variant will cost just $849. Compare this to Intel’s pricing and you can see the value for money that AMD is offering.
Even the 16 core, 32 thread variant that Intel is offering is priced at $1699 which is still pretty high if the leaked pricing of the AMD Ryzen Threadpripper CPU is to be taken to heart.
Even though the Intel i9 7980XE offers 2 additional cores and 4 additional threads I am sure that people can figure out that it will not be worth the extra money if indeed the upcoming AMD chip is priced accordingly. Talking about the release window of the Intel i9 7980XE. It seems that even partners are not sure when the CPU will be coming out.
An Asus representative was asked about the release date of the Intel i9 7980XE and at first, his statement was that the CPU would be released in 2018. later on, his statement changed and he claimed that the CPU will be coming out later this year. The X series CPUs seem to be very shaky indeed.
Even if Intel releases these CPUs sometime in the end of this year, we know that AMD Ryzen Threadripper will be coming out in the Summer, hence AMD will have a huge advantage over Intel in the HEDT market as the AMD CPUs will be coming out before these Intel chips. It could be that the underdog will finally be coming out on top.
Let us know what you think about the Intel i9 7980XE and whether or not this is something that you might be interested in.