Apparently Intel had a hidden weapon to compete with 16 cores of AMD Ryzen Threadripper, and this weapon by the name of Intel Core i9-7980XE would be the true high-end processor from Intel. According to the leaked slide of the company, this CPU would have a TDP of 165W and also using the LGA2066 socket.

Intel Core i9-7980XE: 18 cores and 36 threads to compete with AMD ThreadRipper

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This new high-end CPU will cost thousands of euros, unless Intel seeks to offer an aggressive price, which would be the only way to encourage users not to look at AMD Ryzen Threadripper.

Thanks to the leaked slide, it has been confirmed that we will have processors of a great variety of cores, although, at best, it will be limited to Quad Channel configurations with DDR4 @ 2666 MHz memory and at a disadvantage compared to AMD Ryzen due to the 44 lines PCI-Express 3.0 that it is able to handle. This processor will belong to the Kaby Lake X family, where the Core i5, Core i7 will debut with the new box that will also offer the Core i9. This family would be announced at Computex 2017.

Alleged Specifications of Intel Core-X Series
Processor Cores/ Threads L3 Cache PCIe Lanes Base Clock Turbo Clock 2.0 Turbo Clock 3.0 Launch
Core i9-7980XE
18C/36T
?? ?? ?? ?? ?? TBD
Core i9-7960X
16C/32T
?? ?? ?? ?? ?? TBD
Core i9-7940X
14C/28T
?? ?? ?? ?? ?? TBD
Core i9-7920X
12C/24T
16.5 MB
44
?? ?? ?? August
Core i9-7900X
10C/20T
13.75 MB
44
3.3 GHz
4.3 GHz
4.5 GHz
June
Core i9-7820X
8C/16T
11 MB
28
3.6 GHz
4.3 GHz
4.5 GHz
June
Core i9-7800X
6C/12T
8.25 MB
28
3.5 GHz
4.0 GHz
June
Core i7-7740K
4C/8T
8 MB
16
4.3 GHz
4.5 GHz
June
Core i5-7640K
4C/4T
6 MB
16
4.0 GHz
4.2 GHz
June

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