Intel today officially released updated CPUs for its HEDT LGA 2066 platform. The new 10th Gen Core processors are compatible with nearly all LGA 2066 motherboards already released. All you need to do is update the UEFI (BIOS) on your board.

Intel HEDT familyGulftownSandy Bridge-EIvy Bridge-EHaswell-EBroadwell-ESkylake-XSkylake-XSkylake-XCascade Lake-X
Technical process32nm32nm22nm22nm14nm14nm+14nm+14nm+14nm++
Flagship chipCore i7-980XCore i7-3960XCore i7-4960XCore i7-5960XCore i7-6950XCore i9-7980XECore i9-9980XEXeon W-3175XCore i9-10980XE
Maximum number of cores/threads6/126/126/128/1610/2018/3618/3628/5618/36
Core frequency3.33/3,60 GHz3.30/3.90 GHz3.60/4.00 GHz3.00/3.50 GHz3.00/3.50 GHz2.60/4.20 GHz3.00/4.50 GHz3.10/4.30 GHz3.00 / 4.80 GHz
Total cache memory12 MB L315 MB L315 MB L320 MB L325 MB L324.75 MB L324.75 MB L338.5 MB L324.75 MB L3
Maximum number of PCI-e lanes32 Gen240 Gen240 Gen340 Gen340 Gen344 Gen344 Gen344 Gen344 Gen3
Compatible ChipsetX58 ChipsetX79 ChipsetX79 ChipsetX99 ChipsetX99 ChipsetX299X299C612EX299
Compatible connectorLGA 1366LGA 2011LGA 2011LGA 2011-3LGA 2011-3LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 3647LGA 2066
Memory supportDDR3-1066DDR3-1600DDR3-1866DDR4-2133DDR4-2400DDR4-2666DDR4-2800DDR4-2666DDR4-2933
Power usage130W130W130W140W140W165W165W255W165W
Sales start dateQ1 2010Q4 2011Q3 2013Q3 2014Q2 2016Q3 2017Q4 2018Q4 2018Q4 2019
Price at the start of sales$999 US$999 US$999 US$1059 US$1700 US$1999 US$1979 US~$4000 US$979 US

In general, the new items are not fundamentally different from their predecessors, the 9th generation Core. However, the 10th Gen Core processors have some very nice features. First and foremost is their price.

Now the 18-core, 36-thread flagship of the LGA 2066 platform will cost you “only” $ 975. For comparison, the same processor in the 9th generation line cost twice as much – $1,979.

The second feature of the updated platform is support for DDR4-2933 RAM right out of the box. And finally, the third feature is an increase in the number of PCI-e lanes by 4 units. On a platform scale, this is certainly not much, but, frankly, for a workstation, every extra PCI-e line can be useful.

Our colleagues from WccfTech have already tested the new CPUs. And although their arsenal did not include the Core i9-9980X, which is extremely necessary for comparison, in any case, the research of the guys is quite curious:


You can find a full review and tests of the Intel Core i9-10980XE processor at this link.

Looking at the test results, we can say that the top Intel platform is going through hard times. For the first time, their flagship processor costs half the price of AMD’s TR 3970X chip (which, by the way, is not in the tests). Besides, of the chips presented in the research, 10980XE is also not more profitable. Core i9-9900K and Ryzen 9 3950X are leading in games and TR 2990X in professional applications.

The only thing that saves Intel’s new line of processes is the price. From the point of view of the latter, their chips are still of some interest, especially for owners of the LGA 2066 platform with low-end 9th generation Core CPUs.

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