We know that Intel is preparing to launch its Cascade Lake-X processors next month, which explains why the 10th-gen chips are now showing up in Geekbench. First came the Core i9-10900X, then the Core i9-10980XE appeared.
Intel’s next line of HEDT CPUs is a Skylake-X refresh that’s still on the 14nm++ process node, and, as shown by the Geekbench entries that used an X299 motherboard, remain compatible with its LGA 2066-based mobos.
First up is the entry-level Core i9-10900X, which boasts 10 cores and 20 threads. According to Geekbench, it has a 3.47GHz base clock and 4.4GHz boost, but momomo_us, who discovered the benchmarks, says it will have a base of 3.7GHz at launch.
The Core i9-10900X has a single-core score of 5204 and a multi-core score of 39717. That puts it ahead of the 18-core/36-thread Core i9-7980XE and AMD’s Threadripper 2950X
The rest of the Cascade Lake-X family is made up of the Core i9-10920X (12-core/24-thread) and Core i9-10940X (14-core, 28-thread). Intel says its new chips offer between 1.74 to 2.09 times more performance per dollar than Skylake-X, but they will face a stiff challenge from the Zen 2-based third-generation Threadripper 3000 processors, which use the 7nm process node. If previous benchmarks are anywhere near accurate (5932 single-core/93344 multi-core), AMD’s CPUs might blow Cascade Lake-X away.