All your points are flawed though: - Skylake is faster the Broadwell, especially with the redesigned cache in Skylake-X, so its hardly "the same CPU" (not to mention they clock higher out of the box) - High-Core Xeons are vastly more expensive, so including those in the comparison is just flawed - the cheapest Broadwell-EP 18-core Xeon is easily $600 more expensive, and probably clocks far lower (clocks have not been revealed, so its hard to tell for sure, but i'm sure it goes over 2.1Ghz base as that Xeon). Did those even work in X99 boards? Hard to find anything conclusive. - Comparable CPUs have actually gotten cheaper. 8-core BDW-E: $1089 -> SKL-X: $599, 10-core BDW-E: $1700 -> SKL-X: $999 The lineup may not be what everyone dreams it should be, but its definitely much better then Broadwell-E, and if only much cheaper for comparable CPUs, even if you don't buy into the super high-end. For ThreadRipper, we basically know nothing of the CPU yet. Over-hyping has killed products before, so lets just see what it offers.