Over the past week, we've covered quite a few leaks regarding Intel and AMD's next-generation HEDT (High End Desktop) processors. AMD has held the advantage with its second-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors, while Intel is looking to counter later this month with its Cascade Lake-X based Core-X processors. Not to be outdone, AMD is poised to counterattack later this year with its third-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors.
With all of this HEDT goodness swirling around for PC enthusiasts, it should come as no surprise that motherboards for these new processors are starting to leak. Today, those leaks come courtesy of a slew of Gigabyte motherboards that were listed with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC).
Starting off with Cascade Lake-X, these processors will be backed by a new X299X chipset (which seems like an obvious upgrade from X299), and Gigabyte has four motherboards incoming that we know of at this point:
- X299X Aorus Master
- X299X Aorus Xtreme Waterforce
- X299X Designare EX
- X299X Designare EX-10G
Intel's 10th generation Cascade Lake-X family will reportedly consist of the following processors:
- Core i9-10900X (10-core/20-thread)
- Core i9-10920X (12-core/24-thread)
- Core i9-10940X (14-core, 28-thread)
- Core i9-10980XE (18-core/36-thread)
So far, we've seen leaked benchmarks for both the Core i9-10900X and the Core i9-10980XE. Intel is promising a relative performance-per-dollar uplift of anywhere from 1.74x to 2.09x over Skylake-X with these 14nm++ processors.
- TRX40 Aorus Master
- TRX40 Aorus Pro WiFi
- TRX40 Aorus Xtreme
- TRX40 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce
- TRX40 Designare
Ryzen Threadripper TRX4 HEDT processors paired with the TRX40 chipset support quad-channel memory (DDR4-3200) with a total capacity of 256GB per channel. Up to 64 PCIe lanes are supported along with PCIe 4.0 and overclocking with this platform. Higher-end Ryzen Threadripper WRX8 processors will support 8-channel DDR4-3200 and up to 128 PCIe lanes.
The closing months of 2019 are shaping up to be pretty exciting for enthusiasts that are enamored with these multi-core beast CPUs for content creation. Luckily, we'll have an abundance of riches between Intel and AMD offerings and potential deals to be had on current-generation SKUs.