It looks as though Intel wasn't kidding when it said that the new Cascade Lake-X processors (from the Core-X family) would offer anywhere from a 1.74x to 2.09x uplift in performance per dollar compared to their Skylake-X predecessors. A new report is suggesting that Intel is slashing prices by roughly 50 percent with Cascade Lake-X, putting its chips on more equal footing with AMD's second-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors.
This information comes courtesy of VideoCardz, which claims that the range-topping Core i9-10980XE will be priced at $979. To put this in perspective, the Core i9-9990XE carries an MSRP of $1,979. Given what we heard from Intel in a "leaked" memo about the threat that AMD poses to its business on many fronts, it's understandable that the company would price its processors to be more competitive. But what's surprising is that Intel is making such drastic cuts to prices; the fact that the company is allegedly able to offer these prices should tell you that the company was making some serious coin with the previous Skylake-X parts.
Intel Cascade Lake-X Rumored Pricing
Rumored pricing for the Cascade Lake-X processors is listed below:
To put that in perspective, here is pricing for AMD's current generation Ryzen Threadripper parts:
- Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX (32-cores/64-threads): $1,799
- Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX (24-cores/48-threads): $1,299
- Ryzen Threadripper 2950X (16-cores/32-threads): $899
- Ryzen Threadripper 2929X (12-cores/24-threads): $649
Intel X299X and the AMD Ryzen Threadripper Threat
The new Cascade Lake-X processors will reportedly launch alongside new X299X motherboards with support for DDR4-2933 memory (maximum capacity of 256GB). Intel is also throwing in support for Wi-Fi 6 and there is said to be a total of 72 PCIe lanes available with X299X.
According to the report, Intel is planning on launching the Cascade Lake-X line of processors on October 7th, which is next week. Will this rumored pricing hold up? We certainly hope so, as it could spur yet another pricing war between Intel and AMD.
The real wildcard in all of this, however, is the third-generation Ryzen Threadripper family. AMD has already announced that the first members of the family will launch in November, and will be headlined (at least initially) by a 24-core/48-thread SKU. According to previous rumors, however, there will be a 32-core/64-thread SKU as well.
Will AMD attempt to further undercut Intel's pricing with these Ryzen Threadripper 3000 processors? Given AMD's value-driven approach, this is quite possible -- at least with the 16-core and 12-core parts. The introduction of these new Threadripper processors also means that we'll see the still potent second-generation Threadripper processors drop in price as well.
If you're in the market for a new HEDT processor for your workstation, hold your horses at least until next week to see what Intel has on the docket. And if you don't mind waiting another month or so, AMD's counterpunch might be worth waiting for as well.