Intel Core i9-9990XE sports only 14 cores instead 18

Higher clocks than i9-9980XE

It isn't a secret that Intel is having some headaches with latest processors. It looks like the company can't find a good balance between high core count and high clock frequency. Intel has released a new flagship model that however sports less core and thread than the previous model.

During the last year we have seen a huge core-race thanks to AMD with both Ryzen and Threadripper lineups. When you release a new flagship model, you try to push as many as possible cores you can with high clocks and low TDP. With the new flagship Core i9-9990XE processor, Intel release a CPU with less cores and threads compared the previous model.

This is totally an unexpected strategy from Intel. In other words, the Core i9-9990XE features 14 cores and 28 threads while the Core i9-9980XE sports 18 core and 36 thread. This means they have disabled four cores to trade in towards a higher clock frequency.

Furthermore, according to Pudgetsystem the upcoming Core i9-9990XE is slightly faster than Core i9-9900K processor. Between the two processors there is a huge difference in terms of price but it's still too early for check the real performance behind this mysterious chip. We are quite curious to see the real potential of this $2'000 processor and we will keep an eye on it.

Source: Guru3D

News by Luca Rocchi and Marc Büchel - German Translation by Marc Büchel - Italian Translation by Francesco Daghini

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