In a bid to clear out inventories of its 7th and 9th generation Core X HEDT processors based on the “Skylake-X” silicon, Intel is preparing to halve prices of leftover inventory in the retail channel. The move is triggered by the company’s own recent launch of the 10th generation Core i9 “Cascade Lake-X” processors that are compatible with existing socket LGA2066 motherboards. With “Cascade Lake-X,” Intel halved the Dollars-per-core metric across the board (i.e. doubled the performance-per-Dollar), resulting in its top 18-core i9-10980XE being priced under the $1000-mark, half of what the i9-9980XE once commanded.
With prices of Core X “Skylake-X” chips being halved, you can expect the market to be flooded with 7th and 9th generation chips that are priced marginally lesser than their 10th gen “Cascade Lake-X” siblings. The single-thread performance (IPC) is identical between the three generations. All that’s changed with “Cascade Lake-X” is the introduction of the DLBoost instruction-set that speeds up AI applications (irrelevant to gamers), and an improved Turbo Boost algorithm that spreads boost clocks across more cores, including Favored Cores capability that will come alive with Windows 10 2H19 update. If you’ve been on one of the cheaper 8-core or 10-core LGA2066 chips, your upgrade options just increased.