As of now, AMD is storming the market with its back to back multicore releases but it seems that Intel is not going to accept defeat without a fight. Recently, an 18 core Cascade Lake-X processor has appeared on Geekbench.
Frankly, over the last few months, there have been a lot of leaks and rumors about Intel’s 14 nm+ high-end desktop CPU, Cascade Lake-X (CSL-X). A few days back, a 10 core CLS-X chip appeared on UserBench but the existence of an 18 core Skylake-X chip made it unlikely that the 10 core chip would be Intel’s new flagship Cascade Lake-X SKU.
Now, @momomo_US anonymously posted an 18 core CPU on Geekbench with the codename Intel 0000 and Dell Precision 5820 Tower PCs listed it on Geekbench.
The website itself identified the processor as the Genuine Intel Family 6 Model 85 Stepping 7. It is the same family of chips which is found in the Skylake-X series. It should be noted that Stepping 4 represents Skylake-X so it is pretty clear that the new 18 core chip is not of this series. On the other hand, CSL-X series is represented by Stepping 7.
The news of @momomo_US was picked by a handful of websites including Tom’s Hardware, who pointed out that the Intel 0000 which has been reported in Geekbench is reported with uncharacteristically low clock speeds. He further stated that it looks like an incorrect LGA socket.
After this incident, the leaker posted a second Geekbench listing, this time with more realistic clock speeds and correct core. This time, Dell Precision 5820 Tower PCs reported the 18 core chip as being an LGA 2066. LGA 2066 is in line as it comes from the CSL-X family.
The second listing suggests clocking of the base clock of the chip at 2.99 GHz which can turbo up to 4.49 GHz. However, despite reporting higher clock speeds, the second listing achieved lower single and multi-core scores than the first.