Monday, February 11th 2019

New Intel Core i9-9990XE Sheds Cores in Favor of High Clock Speeds, Benchmarked

Intel is giving final touches to a new socket LGA2066 high-end desktop processor with an interesting model number for its specifications. The new Core i9-9990XE is positioned above the current flagship i9-9980XE. Normally you'd expect it to be the same 18-core "Skylake-X" chip with a speed-bump, however, the i9-9990XE is a unique proposition. It sheds cores in favor of significantly higher clock-speeds than the i9-9980XE.

The i9-9990XE is a 14-core/28-thread processor, based on a binned "Skylake-X" HCC (high core count) die, and uses STIM (soldered thermal interface material) between the die and integrated heatspreader (IHS). It features some aggressive clock-speeds, with 4.00 GHz nominal clock-speeds, and a massive 5.10 GHz maximum Turbo Boost frequency that beats even the Core i9-9900K. Besides 14 cores, the i9-9990XE is configured with 19.25 MB of shared L3 cache, and 1 MB of L2 cache per core. The four disabled cores alone don't help Intel's efforts to dial up clock-speeds. Intel has increased the chip's rated TDP all the way up to 255 Watts!
Intel hasn't revealed a price for the Core i9-9990XE yet, and there are indications of the chip being OEM-exclusive. Workstation integrator Puget Systems has put out a handful benchmarks for this chip, in which it beats the i9-9980XE in some HEDT-relevant benchmarks despite 4 fewer cores:
Source: Tom's Hardware
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54 Comments on New Intel Core i9-9990XE Sheds Cores in Favor of High Clock Speeds, Benchmarked

#51
EarthDog
ArbitraryAffection
Just overclock the 9980XE... Oc to oc this will be slower... I guess it's for stock comparison but still...
ArbitraryAffection
Yes but 9980XE with 8 more threads at , like 4.6-4.8 GHz will still be faster in multicore workloads than this at 5 Ghz all core, can it even reach that though? I just dont see the point.
Some won't use all the cores and prefer the higher bin/speeds.

At the mainstream level, I will take higher clocks over more than 8c/16t any day of the week.
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#52
bug
Vya Domus
Everyone can clock a chip to hell.
Not everyone has the balls to cover that with a warranty though :D
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#53
sagatwarrior
Forget computing, that can warm my house throughout the winter.
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#54
BorgOvermind
Wavetrex
Intel:
"We've already lost the cores war, let's at least keep winning the clocks war !"

AMD 7nm chiplet:
"Hold my beer"
+1.
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