Intel's Elusive Core i9-9990XE Goes Retail At $2735

The Intel Core i9-9990XE, which was only previously available via auction, is now available in the retail channel. Major German retailer Caseking is currently selling the previously auction-exclusive Intel Core i9-9990XE individually for €2,999 (~$3,380) and also as part of the high-end King Mod CKPC-843 gaming and streaming PC that's currently going for €12,999.90 (~$14,650).

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The Intel Core i9-9990XE is a HEDT (high-end desktop) Skylake processor that sports 14 cores, 28 threads, and 19.25MB of L3 cache. The 14nm chip features a 4GHz base clock with a 5GHz all-core boost clock. Seen from another perspective, the Core i9-9990XE is pretty much a cherry-picked Core i9-9940X with higher clocks. While the Core i9-9940X carries a $1,387 price tag, the Core i9-9990XE doesn't have a fixed price. According to Puget Systems, the system builder paid around $2,300 for its Core i9-9990XE sample. However, it looks like Puget Systems wasn't the only one to get its hands on one though.

Caseking is selling the Core i9-9990XE for €2999 (~$3380) with VAT (value-added tax) included. Germany has a 19 percent VAT rate so if we deduct that from the price tag, the Core i9-9990XE comes down to €2429.19, which translates to $2,735.44 (give or take).

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In other news, the King Mod CKPC-843 is a two-in-one system that's built for uncompromising high-performance gaming and streaming. On the gaming end, the system is powered by the Intel Core i9-9990XE paired with the Asus ROG Rampage VI Extreme Omega motherboard, 64GB of DDR4-3000 memory, and a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card. The secondary system, which is responsible for streaming duties, employs an Intel Core i5-9600K processor, Asus ROG Strix Z390-I motherboard, 16GB of DDR4-2666 memory, and an Elgato Game Capture 4K60 Pro capture card.

The asking price for the King Mod CKPC-843 is set for €12,999.90 (~$14,650) with VAT. Without VAT, the system costs €10,529.92, or roughly $11,860.38.