Earlier than we dive into any of this, let’s simply get one factor out of the way in which: Intel Espresso Lake-X isn’t confirmed to exist in any approach, form or type. That is all simply hypothesis at this level.
Intel has had a tough couple of years. Ever for the reason that onset of AMD Ryzen and Threadripper, Intel has been on the defensive – haphazardly throwing out CPU refreshes to maintain forward of AMD.
In 2017, when AMD launched the primary technology of Ryzen Threadripper, Intel responded with Skylake-X, which topped out with the $1,979 (£1,649, AU$2,729) 18-core 36-thread Core i9-7980XE. Fortunately for Intel, it out-powered the Threadripper 1950X, however solely barely.
Quick ahead to 2018 and AMD is rumored to release the Threadripper 2990X at round $1,700 (£1,300, AU$2,300) in keeping with a current pricing leak. This rumored processor will supposedly be a 32-core, 64-core behemoth. If it’s truly actual, Intel goes to wish to come out with one thing to compete.
Enter Espresso Lake-X.
Now, Espresso Lake-X supposedly existed at one level, solely to be later cancelled by Intel, in keeping with some speculation from the Motley Fool. Nonetheless, seeing how Intel Cascade Lake-X is going to be a server-based platform, fairly than the brand new Excessive-end desktop (HEDT) platform, that leaves Intel with nothing to compete with the Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Technology processors set to return out later this yr. We predict Intel has one thing up its sleeve.
We don’t have any concrete data at this level – we don’t even know if it’ll be referred to as Espresso Lake-X, however that doesn’t imply we will’t speculate. So, hold this web page bookmarked, as we’ll replace it as quickly as we get extra data.
Minimize to the chase
- What’s it? Intel’s potential subsequent HEDT platform
- When is it out? TBD
- What is going to it value? TBD
That is the place issues get just a little arduous to foretell. If our earlier hypothesis is true, and Intel makes use of Espresso Lake-X to compete with Threadripper 2nd Generation, we would see an announcement quickly – the primary Threadripper 2nd Technology chips are slated to launch in Q3 2018.
Nonetheless, as a result of it’s arduous to even discover rumors about Espresso Lake-X at this level, we would not see Intel’s reply to Threadripper 2nd Technology till early 2019 – except it releases some binned Xeon chips.
Intel supposedly confirmed a forthcoming X399 chipset, which might possible be the chipset that might help Espresso Lake-X, however we don’t know when that’s popping out, both.
We’ll simply have to attend till Intel to make some sort of announcement in regards to the launch date of its subsequent HEDT platform.
That is the place issues get attention-grabbing. Now, we don’t know what the Espresso Lake-X chips are going to appear to be, however they must be mainly higher than Skylake-X, which is already completely bananas. For those who want a refresher, the specs for the Seventh-generation HEDT processors are as as follows:
- Core i9-7900X: 10-cores, 20-threads at three.3GHz
- Core i9-7920X: 12-cores, 24-threads at 2.9GHz
- Core i9-7940X: 14-cores, 28-threads at three.1GHz
- Core i9-7960X: 16-cores, 32-threads at four.2GHz
- Core i9-7980XE: 18-cores, 36-threads at 2.6GHz
That final one, the Core i9-7980XE was probably the most highly effective shopper processor of the final yr, and nonetheless is on the time of this writing. Nonetheless, that processor prices practically $2,000. Keep in mind that rumor we talked about earlier in regards to the 32-core, 64-thread AMD Threadripper 2990X that’s supposedly launching for lower than that?
That’s precisely what Intel goes to wish prime with Espresso Lake-X. Earlier, at Computex 2018, Intel confirmed off a 28-core 56-thread CPU clocked at 5GHz. And, whereas that processor later turned out to be a Cascade Lake-X processor with a very completely different LGA-3647 socket, that may truly be what Intel must launch – and for a lot lower than the rumored $10,000 that processor might end up costing.
On the finish of the day, we gained’t know what Intel’s subsequent line of HEDT processors goes to appear to be till it’s truly introduced, however we do know that if Intel goes to remain aggressive after Threadripper 2 comes out, it might want to come out with some beefy CPUs at a aggressive worth. And, you’ll be able to relaxation assured that the second Intel does that, we’ll replace this web page with any related data.