AMD’s Ryzen 3000 chips are perhaps some of the most anticipated hardware parts to launch this year. As per the company, they’ll be unveiled around mid-2019, most likely Computex. Intel is sure to have something ready and to tackle AMD’s 7nm Zen2 processors and as per a rumor, it indeed will. According to a thread on Chiphell, team blue will be launching its next-gen Cascade Lake CPUs in April.
If this leak is to be believed, then Intel will release the enthusiast-end Cascade Lake chip first (in April) while the more affordable (and practical) Cascade Lake-X processors should see a release alongside the Ryzen 3000 series at Computex in June. The Cascade Lake parts will use the LGA 3647 socket and most likely feature up to 48 cores to keep AMD’s upcoming 64 core Epyc CPU in check.
As for the more consumer-friendly SKUs, or the Cascade Lake-X lineup, those products will leverage the LGA 2066 socket and will succeed the Skylake processors. Intel may call them Kaby Lake-X successors but that’s a load of crap. These Cascade Lake-X chips will be based on Intel’s seriously mature (and old) 14nm++ process, so it’d be fair to say that we’ll be seeing rather high clock speeds, perhaps even north of 5GHz.
So basically, to sum up, Intel is planning to launch its fastest and ridiculously priced parts in April before the Zen2 products hit retail, and when they do, the company will deliver the Cascade Lake-X lineup to stay in the competition, or at least that’s what they’re hoping.
Another notable thing to keep in mind is that the Cascade Lake chips will be the first to come with Spectre and Meltdown mitigations out of the box. It’s not clear whether these are going to be low-level hardware fixes or software level/firmware patches. Regardless, the CPU market is headed for some exciting times in the coming months.
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