Intel Reportedly Puts Up 5GHz Core i9-9990XE CPU For Auction

AnandTech has seen a secret document that reveals Intel's obscure plans to auction the unannounced Core i9-9990XE 14-core processor between a very selected number of OEMs.

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The Intel Core i9-9990XE purportedly comes with 14 cores and 28 threads. The chip is still based around Intel's Skylake microarchitecture and produced under the chipmaker's 14nm node. According to AnandTech's information, the Core i9-9990XE has a 4GHz base clock, 5GHz boost clock, and a 255W TDP (thermal design power) rating. In other words, the Core i9-9990XE is nothing more than a highly-binned and overclocked Core i9-9940X.


Cores /
Threads
Base / 
Boost (GHz)
L3 Cache 
(MB)
PCIe 3.0
DRAM
TDP
MSRP/RCP
Price 
Per Core
Core i9-9990XE14 / 284.0 / 5.0?44Quad DDR4-2666
255W??
Core i9-9980XE
18 / 36
3.0 / 4.5
24.75
44
Quad DDR4-2666165W
$1979
$110
Core i9-9960X
16 / 32
3.1 / 4.5
22
44
Quad DDR4-2666165W
$1684
$105
Core i9-9940X
14 / 28
3.3 / 4.5
19.25
44
Quad DDR4-2666165W
$1387
$99
Core i9-9920X
12 / 24
3.5 / 4.5
19.25
44
Quad DDR4-2666165W
$1189
$99
Core i9-9900X
10 / 20
3.5 / 4.5
19.25
44
Quad DDR4-2666165W
$989
$98.9
Core i9-9820X
10 / 20
3.3 / 4.2
16.5
44
Quad DDR4-2666165W
$889
$88.9
Core i9-9800X
8 / 16
3.8 / 4.5
16.5
44
Quad DDR4-2666165W
$589
$73.65

Although the Core i9-9990XE's specifications don't seem far-fetched, there are a couple of inconsistencies about the processor. For a start, the model name defies the normal naming convention. Intel is accustomed to using a higher product number to denote a higher-end chip, which usually comes with more cores, higher clock speeds or both. The Core i9-9980XE 18-core processor, which was recently released, is the current flagship part for the Skylake-X family. It doesn’t make sense to market the Core i9-9990XE as such if the processor comes with fewer cores. But then again, Intel has done a lot of unconventional things in the past.

AnandTech also reported that the Core i9-9990XE would not have a fixed price. Instead, the processor's price will vary hugely depending on how much the system integrator is willing to fork over. Intel will reportedly hold the online auctions once every quarter, and apparently, the first auction will take place on the third week of 2019 at an undisclosed website address.

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  • TechyInAZ
    I'm dumbfounded. Intel is now beyond unpredicable.
  • hotaru251
    if only these companies would band together and lowball the sale price just to give Intel the shaft...

    What most companies in tech industry need to do.

    Stop letting this type of crap happen :|
  • spentshells
    What's your best guess? 3500 I'd say