Intel has announced that it will be discontinuing the production of its 9th generation Core X series CPU lineup. The winding down process will take place over the course of a year and clients will be able to place their last orders before 22 January 2021.
Intel’s 9th generation Core X series line comprises the boxed and tray versions of the Core i7-9800K, i9-9820X, i9-9900X, i9-9920X, i9-9960X, and the i9-9980X. Additionally, the list includes Xeon CPUs that were also built using the same CPU architecture. Specifically, the Xeon W-2102, W-2104, W-2123, W-2125, W-2133, W-2135, W-2145, W-2155, and W-2195.
The semiconductor maker’s decision to discontinue its Skylake-X CPUs is of little surprise to anybody. The CPU lineup is technically dated, having already been succeeded by its 10th generation Cascade Lake-X CPU. That includes the Core i9-10980XE, the brand’s 18-cores, 36-threads beast of a CPU.
Another plausible reason behind the discontinuation of the Skylake-X CPU lineup is redundancy; Intel’s recently launched 10th generation Comet Lake-S series CPUs – the Core i9-10900K, in particular – already packs more cores and threads, along with significantly better thermals than its predecessors. Naturally, with Intel now officially clearing out its remaining stock of 9th generation Core-X CPUs, it’s also possible that the price for them will begin reducing, although by how much is difficult to say.
(Source: Tom’s Hardware)