While AMD is currently dominating the high-end consumer desktop CPU market, Intel appears to have been busy in the HEDT segment. Recently, a post on Geekbench suggests that the CPU maker has not one, but two HEDT CPUs in the works, and they’re likely part of its Cascade Lake-X lineup.
According to the post, the two listed CPUs feature 18-cores, 36-threads and 10-cores, 20-threads, respectively. On a related note, the Geekbench listing specifically shows that both processors were fitted and tested in a Dell Precision 5820 Tower PC and was tested using the Windows 10 Enterprise OS.
Once again, the CPUs here aren’t blatantly or obviously named, but the processor IDs are listed as “Genuine Intel Family 6 Model 85 Stepping 7”. The end of the ID is important here; currently existing and released CPUs are typically listed as “Stepping 5”. Due to the “Stepping 7” identification, it’s more or less accepted that these CPUs are a part of the upcoming Cascade Lake-X, despite Geekebench listing them down as Skylake-X.
Moving on, the multi-core performance of the 18-cores, 36-threads CPU is listed at 54597 points. According to multiple reports, that’s approximately 11% faster than the current Intel Core i9-9980XE extreme CPU, but still a tad slower than AMD’s current Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX.
Beyond that, information about a launch date or pricing for the supposed Cascade-Lake-X CPUs is scarce. However, it would not surprise us if the new processors were to cost substantially more than its AMD counterparts. Especially if you compare the pricing of Intel’s current processor lineup with AMD’s own Ryzen CPUs.