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ID-COOLING Announces SE-226-XT CPU Air Coolers

ID-COOLING today announced SE-226-XT ARGB and SE-226-XT BLACK CPU air coolers. Both coolers include the same black heatsink with 6 heatpipes and copper base. 120 mm ARGB fan and Black fan are used on ARGB / BLACK version respectively. SE-226-XT Series is designed to cool those processors with a TDP up to 250 W. Both models are built with a solid heatsink which is specially design with 100% RAM compatibility. Black coating is applied for a stealthy looking.

For SE-226-XT ARGB, the included 120x120x25mm fan is built with 2Ball bearing and has 8pcs rubber dampeners on all corners of both sides, running at 800 to 2000rpm with PWM support while pushing 56.6CFM air at maximum speed, noise level measured 16.2 to 31.5dB (A). For SE-226-XT BLACK, the included standard 120x120x25mm fan has 8pcs rubber dampeners on all corners of both sides, running at 700 to 1800rpm with PWM support while pushing 76.16CFM air at maximum speed, noise level measured 15.2 to 35.2dB (A).

Thermalright Intros Frost Spirit 140 BLACK V3 CPU Cooler

Thermalright today introduced the Frost Spirit 140 BLACK V3, a variant of the Frost Spirit 140 that the company introduced in 2019. The dual fin-stack cooler has been redone with black anodized aluminium fins, heat-pipes, and a nickel-plated C1100-grade copper base.

The original's design remains largely intact—four 8 mm-thick heat-pipes make indirect contact with the processor over the base, conveying heat to two aluminium fin-stacks, which are ventilated by a combination of a 120 mm "push" fan, and a 140 mm conveyor between the two fin-stacks. Both fans feature fluid-dynamic bearings. The 120 mm TL-C12B turns at 1,500 RPM, pushing up to 66.17 CFM at up to 25.6 dBA noise output. The 140 mm TL-D14B can do 1,500 RPM, handling up to 77.8 CFM of air-flow, at the same 25.6 dBA noise. CPU socket types supported include LGA1200, LGA115x, LGA2066, and AM4. Measuring 140 mm x 146 mm x 158 mm (WxDxH, including fans), the fully assembled cooler can weigh up to 1.28 kg. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Thermalright Intros TA140 EX CPU Cooler

Thermalright today updated its CPU cooler lineup with the new TA140 EX, a tower-type air CPU cooler. The cooler looks slender, but that's only because it's ventilated by a large 140 mm fan. Five 6 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes make contact with the processor through a mirror-finish base of nickel-plated C1100 copper, conveying heat through an aluminium fin-stack of 53 fins.

The included TL-D14X fan features a fluid-dynamic bearing, turns at speeds of up to 1,800 RPM, pushing up to 95.5 CFM of airflow, at 2.25 mm H₂O static pressure, and 30.2 dBA maximum noise output. Among the CPU socket types supported by the Thermalright TA140 EX, are the LGA1200, LGA115x, LGA2066, and AM4. Measuring 145 mm x 72 mm x 158 mm (LxWxH, including fan); the cooler weighs 840 g. The company didn't reveal pricing.

JONSBO HX6250 is a Large Tower Type Cooler That Can Tame 250W TDP

JONSBO today released the HX6250, a large tower-type CPU cooler that's capable of handling thermal loads of up to 250 W. A massive 1.15 kg tower-type aluminium fin-stack heatsink forms the main cooling muscle. The fin-stack pulls heat from a nickel-plated copper base through six copper heat-pipes. These heat-pipes, and the aluminium fins, feature a graphene-based surface treatment that improves heat dissipation. The heatsink is ventilated by an included 140 mm fan that does 700 to 1,800 RPM, pushing between 34.57 to 90.2 CFM of airflow, and 38 dBA maximum noise output. An included resistor cable can dial things down to 400 to 1,200 RPM, 17.68 to 57.81 CFM, and 28 dBA noise output. The cooler measures 121 mm x 144 mm x 162 mm (DxWxH). Among the CPU socket types supported are LGA2066, LGA1200, LGA115x, and AM4.

Thermaltake Unveils Floe RC 240 and 360 Snow Edition AIO CPU+Memory Coolers

Thermaltake today unveiled the Floe RC 240 Snow Edition and Floe RC 360 Snow Edition all-in-one, closed-loop, liquid CPU+memory coolers. These provide liquid cooling to not just the processor, but also up to four memory modules. Addressable RGB LED illumination covers the pump+block, memory block, and the included 120 mm fans. As Snow Edition SKUs, these feature a white color scheme dominating most bits on the cooler, including the radiator fins. The memory block is compatible only with Thermaltake's own ToughRAM RC line of DDR4 memory modules, as it's designed to attach onto their heatspreaders. Each of the two fans spins between 500 to 1,500 RPM, pushing up to 59.28 CFM of airflow at 1.31 mm H₂O pressure, and noise output of 28.2 dBA. Among the CPU socket types supported are AM4, LGA1200, LGA115x, and LGA2066.

Zalman Unveils CNPS10X Performa Black CPU Cooler

Zalman today unveiled the CNPS10X Performa Black, a tower-type CPU cooler with a design focus on low noise. The cooler includes a unique 135 mm fan by Zalman that has a webbed impeller that guides all its airflow axially. Spinning between 700 to 1,500 RPM, with a maximum airflow of 75.16 CFM, the EBR bearing fan has a maximum noise output of just 27 dBA. The aluminium fin-stack heatsink uses four 8 mm-thick heat-pipes that make direct contact with the CPU at the base. Zalman claims that the cooler is capable of handling thermal loads of up to 180 W. With its fan in place, it measures 135 mm x 95 mm x 155 mm (WxDxH), weighing 860 g. Among the CPU socket types supported are AM4, LGA1200, LGA115x, and LGA2066. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Thermalright Intros Venomous Plus CPU Cooler

Thermalright today introduced the Venomous Plus, its latest tower-type CPU cooler and a re-take on the 10+ year old Venomous X. Designed to tackle thermal loads of up to 240 W, the Venomous Plus features a classic aluminium fin-stack design. Six 6 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes make indirect contact with the CPU at the mirror-finished base made of the same material; passing through the aluminium fin-stack that's ventilated by a TL-C12S 120 mm fan. The heatsink by itself measures 127 mm x 60 mm x 158 mm (WxDxH), weighing 660 g, and holding 51 fins. The fan adds about 25-27 mm in width.

The included TL-C12S fan is one of the key things setting this apart from the Venomous X. It's a modern unit that takes in 4-pin PWM for its main function, 3-pin ARGB for illumination, and features ARGB illumination through diodes studded in the impeller hub. The fan features fluid-dynamic bearing, turns up to 1,500 RPM (±10%), pushing up to 66.17 CFM of air-flow with static pressure of 1.53 mm H₂O; and has a maximum noise output of 25.6 dBA. Among the CPU socket types supported are AM4, LGA1200, LGA115x, and LGA2066.

DeepCool Intros GAMMAXX L240 A-RGB and L360 A-RGB AIO Liquid CPU Coolers

DeepCool today updated its GAMMAXX line of all-in-one liquid closed-loop CPU coolers, with the new GAMMAXX L240 A-RGB and L360 A-RGB. These are functionally the same coolers as the GAMMAXX L-series, but with a handful updates, such as an ambient air pressure balancer, and new addressable-RGB LED lighting elements on the pump-block and the included 120 mm fans. Each of the included 120 mm A-RGB fans spins between 500 to 1,800 RPM, pushing up to 69.34 CFM of air-flow, at up to 2.42 mm H₂O static pressure, and up to 30 dBA noise output. The fans feature hydro-dynamic bearings. Among the CPU socket types supported include AM4, LGA1200, and LGA2066. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Jonsbo Intros CR-2100 Dual Fin-stack CPU Cooler

Jonsbo today introduced the CR-2100, an aluminium dual fin-stack CPU cooler. Its design involves six 6 mm-thick copper heat-pipes, which draw heat directly from the base, conveying it to two aluminium fin-stacks, which are ventilated by a pair of included fans in push-pull fashion. Both fin-stacks are capped by a plastic top-plate that features a Jonsbo logo ornament. The cooler just about makes it under the 160 mm cooler height limits of most mid-tower cases, measuring 120 mm x 159 mm x 134 mm (WxHxD), weighing 900 g. Each of the two included 120 mm fans spins between 700 to 1,500 RPM, pushing up to 62.8 CFM of air, with up to 29.5 dBA noise output. Among the CPU socket types supported are LGA1200, AM4, LGA115x, and LGA2066. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Super Flower Also Announced the Neon 240 and Neon 360 AIO Liquid CPU Coolers

In addition to the Neon 122 tower-type air CPU cooler, Super Flower announced the Neon 240 and Neon 360 all-in-one, closed-loop, liquid CPU coolers. Unless we're mistaken, these CLCs appear to be DeepCool-sourced, looking at the design of their pump-blocks. As their names suggest, the two are differentited with radiator sizes, with the Neon 240 featuring a 240 mm x 120 mm radiator, and the Neon 360 featuring 360 mm x 120 mm.

The pump-block features a copper cold-plate, a latest-gen dual-chamber pump, Nylon sleeved tubing, and aluminium-fin radiators that, depending on the variant, are ventilated by two or three included 120 mm fans. Each of these hydraulic bearing fans spin between 800 to 1,800 RPM, pushing 46 CFM of air, with up to 29.7 dBA maximum noise output. The fans, along with the ornament on top of the pump-block, feature addressable RGB illumination. The Neon 240 supports AM4, LGA1200, LGA115x, and LGA2066 sockets, while the Neon 360 also includes support for TR4 and sTRX4 in addition to those. The coolers include an RGB controller with an RF remote control. The company didn't reveal pricing.

SilverStone Introduces PermaFrost PF360W and PF240W AIO CPU Coolers

SilverStone today introduced white color trims of two of its PermaFrost series all-in-one, closed-loop, liquid CPU coolers. These include the PF360W with its 360 mm x 120 mm radiator, and the PF240W with its 240 mm x 120 mm radiator. The white trim extends from the pump-block body, through the Nylon sleeving of the coolant tubes, onto the radiator (including its aluminium fins), and the included Air Blazer 120RW fans.

The pump-block features an ARGB LED ornament with SilverStone's characteristic snowflake logo, and each of the included fans features ARGB LEDs at the impeller hub, with the impeller serving as a diffuser. Both models include an RGB controller module that cycles between 10 lighting presets, although you can directly plug the cooler into a 3-pin ARGB header of your motherboard for software control. Each of the included Air Blazer 120RW fans turn at speeds ranging between 600 and 2,200 RPM, pushing up to 92 CFM of air-flow with 3.53 mm H₂O static pressure, and 7.4 to 35.6 dBA noise output. Among the CPU socket types supported are LGA1200, AM4, LGA115x, and LGA2066. The company didn't reveal pricing.

AeroCool Intros the Mirage 5: Looks Like an AIO Block, But it's Not

At first glance, the new AeroCool Mirage 5 looks like an overgrown AIO CLC CPU block, with its puck shape, glass top, and an infinite-reflection RGB ornament, but it's not. It's a cylindrical, tower-type CPU air cooler. The CPU base features a tiny bit of aluminium finnage. From here, five 6 mm-thick copper heat pipes make direct contact with the CPU, conveying heat to a stack of ring-shaped anodized aluminium fins. The fin-stack is ventilated by a high-RPM 60 mm lateral flow fan with a somewhat cylindrical impeller, located underneath the top-plate.

This fan spins between 1,200 to 3,000 RPM, pushing between 39.7 to 74.3 CFM of air-flow, with 0.91 to 2.13 mm H₂O static pressure. AeroCool claims the noise output ranges between 18 to 30 dBA for this fan, since this isn't just another 60 mm fan, but a cylindrical impeller that happens to have a low diameter when viewed from the top. The fan features a hydraulic bearing, and is rated for 60,000 hours MTBF. The cooler measures 100 mm x 100 mm x 145 mm (WxDxH). AeroCool claims that the Mirage 5 can handle thermal loads of up to 150 W TDP. Among the CPU socket types supported are LGA2066, LGA1200, LGA115x, and AM4. The company didn't reveal pricing or availability.
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ZALMAN Rolls Out CNPS10X Optima II CPU Cooler

ZALMAN today rolled out a design update to its CNPS10X Optima CPU cooler from way back in 2011. Called the CNPS10X Optima II, the cooler features a completely new design, and uses contemporary design elements. The aluminium fin-stack tower-type cooler uses a fin-stack that's been wrapped in a plastic shroud, with its top plate featuring an ARGB LED lighting ornament. Four 6 mm-thick copper heat pipes make direct contact with the CPU at the base, conveying heat through the fin-stack, which is ventilated by a ZALMAN Dual Blade 120 fan. The fan features a split-blade impeller, hydraulic bearings, and ARGB LEDs in the impeller hub. It spins at 800 to 1,500 RPM, pushing 61.52 CFM of air, at 27 dBA max noise. The cooler comes in two color trims, white and black. Measuring 158 mm x 132 mm x 85 mm (HxWxD), it weighs 740 g. Among the CPU sockets supported are AM4, LGA1200, LGA115x, and LGA2066. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Intel Discontinues 9th Gen Core X Series "Skylake-X" HEDT Processors

Intel issued a product change notification (PCH) announcing the discontinuation of its 9th Gen Core X series "Skylake-X" HEDT processors in the LGA2066 package; in addition to at least 10 Xeon W-2000 series workstation processors that are based on a similar IP. Discontinuation involves several steps, the first of which is the discontinuation announcement, which is dated July 9, 2020. The last orders for these chips will be taken on January 22, 2021, which are non-cancellable and non-returnable (for distributors, end-users are still protected by product warranties and consumer laws regardless of when they buy the processor). The last orders ship before July 9, 2021.

Jonsbo Rolls Out Angeleyes TW2 Pro Color Series AIO CPU Coolers

Jonsbo earlier this week rolled out the Angeleyes TW2 Pro Color line of all-in-one, closed-loop, liquid CPU Coolers. These coolers are variants of the Angeleyes TW2 Pro series the company released through 2019-2020. Its radiator, tubing, and pump-block designs are unchanged. The only only area of change is the set of fans included with the cooler. These fans are characterized by ARGB LEDs located in the impeller hub, and translucent fan-blades that diffuse the light. In the older Angeleyes TW2 Pro series, the fan featured acrylic ARGB diffusers along the bore of the frame. Under the hood, the fan features hydraulic bearings rated for over 40,000 hours, 700-1,500 RPM fan-speeds, 25.5-62.8 CFM of air-flow, and 18.1-29.5 dBA of noise output. There are currently two models of the TW2 Pro Color series - the TW2-360 Pro Color, which features a 360 mm x 120 mm radiator and three fans; and the TW2-240 Pro Color, with a 240 mm x 120 mm radiator and two fans. Among the CPU socket types supported are AM4, LGA1200, LGA115x, and LGA2066. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Bitspower Unveils Mono Block for ASRock X299E-ITX ac LGA2066 Motherboard

Hot on the heels of the Mono Block for ROG Maximus XII Hero, Bitspower unveiled another, smarter Mono Block product, this time tailor-made for the ASRock X299E-ITX/ac, one of the only few full-featured socket LGA2066 motherboards in the Mini-ITX form-factor. The Mono Block uses nickel-plated copper with mirror-finish as its primary material, an acrylic top as its secondary material, and a metal top-plate over the top.

The top is studded with addressable RGB LEDs that take in standard 3-pin ARGB input. The top also features an OLED display that can display things such as coolant temperature. The Mono Block provides active cooling for both the LGA2066 CPU socket, and the CPU VRM area of the X299E-ITX/ac. A TouchAqua D-RGB multi-function controller module is included, which lets you control lighting and the OLED. The block measures 105 mm x 117 mm x 32 mm. Available now, the Bitspower Mono Block for ASRock X299E-ITX/ac is priced at USD $260.

ZALMAN Rolls Out CNPS16X CPU Cooler and New Thermal Pastes

ZALMAN today announced market availability of its new CNPS16X tower-type CPU cooler and three new STC-series thermal compounds. The CNPS16X features an aluminium fin-stack tower-type heatsink that's ventilated by a pair of 120 mm fans in push-pull configuration, held together by an ABS shroud. The top-plate of this shroud features an addressable RGB embellishment with the ZALMAN logo at the center. Besides this, both fans feature ARGB diffusers along the bore of their frames. ZALMAN has two color variants of the CNPS16X depending on the color of the shroud - black and white. Splitter cables are included so the ARGB connections of both fans and the shroud are combined to a single 3-pin connection.

The design of the CNPS16X involves a direct-touch heatpipe base, from which four 6 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes pull heat, spreading it through the aluminium fin-stack. This stack features wave-shaped fins that make hexagonal patterns when viewed from the side. This design helps with increasing turbulence and heat-dissipation to the air-flow. Each of the two included 120 mm fans takes in 4-pin PWM, spins up to 1,500 RPM, together pushing around 75-90 m³h of air, with 25-29 dBA of noise output. ZALMAN rates the thermal capacity of this cooler at 150 W. Among the CPU socket types supported are AM4, LGA115x, and LGA2066. The CNPS16X is priced at 59.90€ (including taxes).

XIGMATEK Rolls Out WindpowerPRO CPU Cooler

XIGMATEK over the weekend rolled out the WindpowerPRO CPU cooler. This tower-type air cooler is characterized by its top plate that has RGB LED embellishments, and a pair of included 120 mm fans meant for push-pull airflow through the heatsink. The business end of this cooler consists of a tower-type aluminium fin-stack heatsink with anodized black fins to which heat is conveyed by six 6 mm-thick copper heat pipes that make direct contact with the CPU at the base.

A single 3-pin addressable-RGB connection handles lighting for all three elements (the two fans and the heatsink's top-plate). The company also includes a 4-pin PWM fan header splitter, in case your motherboard lacks two 4-pin fan headers near its CPU socket. The two included XIGMATEK Galaxy II Pro ARGB fans each spin between 800 to 1,800 RPM, pushing up to 58.5 CFM of air, with a noise output of up to 25.3 dBA. The fans feature 50,000-hour rated hydro dynamic bearings. With its top-plate and fans in place, the XIGMATEK WindpowerPRO measures 110 mm x 125 mm x 157 mm (LxWxH). The company rates its thermal capacity at 200 W. Among the CPU socket types supported are AM4, LGA115x, and LGA2066. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Core i9-10990XE 22-core Processor Last Gasp of the X299 Platform?

Way back in June 2018, when the first Threadrippers made landfall, it was reported that Intel was working on a new 22-core "Skylake-X" silicon that sat in between the 18-core HCC (high core-count) die, and the 28-core XCC (extreme core-count) die. The roughly 700 mm² XCC die, with its 6 memory channels, couldn't be integrated with the LGA2066 package, and was reserved for the enterprise LGA3647 package that made a workstation/quasi-client debut with the 28-core Xeon W-3175X. It was hence rumored that an in-between 22-core silicon was under development that could be integrated with LGA2066. Fast forward to 2020, and Intel's client HEDT processor lineup doesn't look much different from its 2017 one. The 18-core i9-10980XE leads the pack, and despite its $1,000 price, has received largely lukewarm reviews. If screenshots surfacing on Chinese tech forums are to be believed, Intel is toying with the idea of the 22-core die meant for LGA2066 once again.

Referenced as Core i9-10990XE in straight-up CPU-Z screenshots, the processor is based on the "Cascade Lake-X" microarchitecture, and has the same I/O as the i9-10980XE, looking at the instruction sets featured. It has 22 cores and HyperThreading enables 44 threads. Cache hierarchy and balance are characteristic of "Cascade Lake," with 1 MB of dedicated L2 cache per core, and 30.25 MB of shared L3 cache. The I/O is likely identical to the i9-10980XE as that's a function of the platform and the socket. What's more interesting are the clock-speeds. The name-string of the engineering sample references a nominal clock-speed of 4.00 GHz, and in the screenshot, the chip is shown running at 5.00 GHz (at least on one core). There's also a performance benchmark to go with the leak, possibly CineBench R20 nT. Here, the i9-10990XE is shown scoring 14,005 points, which is in the same ballpark as the 24-core Ryzen Threadripper 3960X.

Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360P Silver Edition Pictured

Cooler Master updated the MasterLiquid ML360P premium AIO liquid CPU cooler with a new Silver Edition variant that sees a silver-gray color-scheme dominate the radiator, tubing sleeves, and the pump-block. Rather than including three 120 mm fans, Cooler Master packs a 3x 120 mm compound-fan. ARGB LED illumination dominate the three fans and subtle lighting accents on the pump-block. You can use a single 3-pin ARGB connection to control lighting of the entire cooler, or use the included LED controller that lets you customize color, and cycle between lighting presets.

Each of the three 120 mm fan subunit spins at speeds of up to 1,800 RPM, pushing up to 45 CFM of air, with noise output ranging between 8 to 30 dBA. The cold-plate is made of copper, and the radiator aluminium. The MasterLiquid ML360P supports nearly all modern CPU socket types, including AM4, LGA115x, LGA2066, TR4, and sTRX4. For Threadripper sockets, you need to use the round AIO retention module AMD includes in the box of all retail Threadripper processors. The company didn't reveal pricing.

ASUS Rolls Out Pro WS X299 SAGE II Motherboard

ASUS today rolled out the Pro WS X299 SAGE II, a redesign and refresh of its WS X299 SAGE series quasi-workstation motherboards, designed for those who want to use Intel's 10th generation Core XE "Cascade Lake-X" HEDT processors in a workstation-like environment (CEB form-factor) and can make do without ECC memory. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and two 8-pin EPS power connectors, along with an optional 6-pin PCIe power input to stabilize add-on card power delivery. An 8-phase VRM conditions power for the socket LGA2066 processor. The board employs PLX PEX8747 bridge chips to convert two x16 PCIe gen 3.0 links from the LGA2066 processor to four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots with full bandwidth, or seven slots with x16/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8 wiring.

Storage options on the ASUS Pro WS X299 SAGE II include three U.2 ports, two M.2 slots (one right below the PCH heatsink, and the other vertical); and eight SATA 6 Gbps ports. Network connectivity includes two 2.5 GbE interfaces driven by a pair of Intel i225-LM controllers. USB connectivity includes two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports driven by an ASMedia controller (from which one is type-C), a second such controller driving an internal port, and eight USB 3.2 gen 1 ports from the X299 PCH. A high-grade onboard audio solution featuring Realtek S1220A HDA codec, headphones amp, ground-layer isolation, and audio-grade capacitors, make for the rest of this board. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Intel Readying X299 Microcode Update to Enhance "Cascade Lake-X" Overclocking

Intel is readying a microcode update specially for its X299 Express chipset, to enhance the overclocking capabilities of its 10th generation Core i9 XE "Cascade Lake-X" processors. News of the update was put out in an MSI press release that speaks of the company encapsulating the new microcode in BIOS updates for its entire socket LGA2066 motherboard lineup.

"To enhance the overclocking capability for the newly launched Intel Core X-series Processors (Intel Core i9-10980XE, 10940X, 10920X, 10900X), Intel will provide a new microcode update," the statement from MSI reads. Besides "overclocking capability," the new microcode also helps to "maximize the overall performance" of "Cascade Lake-X" processors," says MSI. The company does not describe what specifically these changes are. The microcode update will be released to end-users as BIOS updates by motherboard manufacturers, so be on the lookout for one, if you're using "Cascade Lake-X."

Raijintek Intros EOS 360 RBW Liquid CPU Cooler

Raijintek unveiled the EOS 360 RBW all-in-one, closed-loop, liquid CPU cooler. Characterized by a CPU water-block design that's sure to bring back memories of your Beyblade collection, it provides a slightly larger-than-usual rectangular copper base with a 0.12 mm micro-fin lattice. The pump is integrated with the 360 mm x 120 mm radiator, has a pressure head of 1.5 m, noise output of up to 30 dBA at maximum speed, and features a ceramic-axis bearing that lends it a service life of 50,000 hours. The radiator features 12 coolant channels, is made of aluminium, and is 29 mm thick. The three included 120 mm fans take in 4-pin PWM input for their main function, and 5 V ARGB for the lighting, spin between 800 to 1,800 RPM, feature hydraulic bearings with 40,000-hour service life, and push up to 75 CFM of air with 28 dBA noise output, each. Among the CPU sockets supported are AM4, LGA115x, and LGA2066. It is priced at USD $70 (MSRP).

Intel to Halve Prices of 7th and 9th Gen "Skylake-X" HEDT Processors

In a bid to clear out inventories of its 7th and 9th generation Core X HEDT processors based on the "Skylake-X" silicon, Intel is preparing to halve prices of leftover inventory in the retail channel. The move is triggered by the company's own recent launch of the 10th generation Core i9 "Cascade Lake-X" processors that are compatible with existing socket LGA2066 motherboards. With "Cascade Lake-X," Intel halved the Dollars-per-core metric across the board (i.e. doubled the performance-per-Dollar), resulting in its top 18-core i9-10980XE being priced under the $1000-mark, half of what the i9-9980XE once commanded.

With prices of Core X "Skylake-X" chips being halved, you can expect the market to be flooded with 7th and 9th generation chips that are priced marginally lesser than their 10th gen "Cascade Lake-X" siblings. The single-thread performance (IPC) is identical between the three generations. All that's changed with "Cascade Lake-X" is the introduction of the DLBoost instruction-set that speeds up AI applications (irrelevant to gamers), and an improved Turbo Boost algorithm that spreads boost clocks across more cores, including Favored Cores capability that will come alive with Windows 10 2H19 update. If you've been on one of the cheaper 8-core or 10-core LGA2066 chips, your upgrade options just increased.

Intel 10th Gen Core X "Cascade Lake-X" Pricing and Specs Detailed

Ahead of their October 7th product launch and November availability, we have confirmation of the specifications and pricing of Intel's 10th generation Core X "Cascade Lake-X" HEDT processors in the LGA2066 package. These chips feature compatibility with existing socket LGA2066 motherboards with a UEFI BIOS update, although several motherboard manufacturers are launching new products with some of the latest connectivity options, such as 2.5 GbE wired Ethernet, and 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 WLAN.

The 10th generation Core X HEDT processor family is based on the new 14 nm++ "Cascade Lake" silicon, which comes with hardware fixes against several classes side-channel vulnerabilities, and introduces an updated instruction-set that includes more AVX-512 instructions, and the new DLBoost instruction. DLBoost leverages new fixed-function hardware on silicon to accelerate AI deep-learning neural-set building and training by up to 5 times. Intel's first wave of 10th gen Core X lineup is rather slim, with just four processor models. The company did away with the Core i7 brand extension, as core-counts in the mainstream desktop segment have already reached 8-core. The lineup now begins at 10-core/20-thread, with the chip's full 48-lane PCI-Express and 4-channel DDR4 interfaces enabled across the board. All models feature the "XE" brand extension, and feature unlocked base-clock multipliers.
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