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Intel announces a 28-core Xeon processor and 18-core X-series CPUs

At an event in New York today, Intel announced its 9th-generation desktop processors. But if you thought that the new octa-core K-series chips are powerful, it's about to get beastly.

The new Xeon W-3175X sports 28 cores and 56 threads with a base clock speed of 3.1GHz and a maximum clock speed of 4.3GHz. It's a 255W processor with 68 PCIe lanes, a 38.5MB Smart Cache and six-channel DDR4 memory support with up to 512GB at 2666MHz, and four channels of DDR4-2666 memory.

That's not all though, as Intel refreshed its "extreme" lineup, with new X-series Core processors. They're all unlocked for overclocking, have a 165W TDP.

The top-end Core CPU is the i9-9980XE, with 18 cores and 36 threads. With a price of $1,979, it has a base clock speed of 3GHz and a top boost speed of 4.5GHz, along with a 24.75MB Smart Cache and up to 68 PCIe 3.0 lanes.

The lowest-end of the bunch, if you can even call it that, is the Core i7-9800X. Priced at just $589, this has a lowly eight cores and 16 threads, along with a base clock speed of 3.8GHz and a maximum speed of 4.5GHz.

All of the chips announced today are built on 14nm nodes, as Intel continues to delay its 10nm Cannon Lake CPUs. Today's announced processors should ship later this month.

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