Previously, it was rumored that Intel's flagship HEDT processor would feature 12 cores and 24 threads but the upcoming launch of AMD's Threadripper changed Intel's plans and has resulted in 14-core, 16-core and 18-core models being added to the mix!
The new flagship model in the upcoming Core i9 series will be the 7980XE, we do not know the clockspeeds but this will be a 18-core chips with a whopping 36 threads. Additionally, there will also be a 14-core 7940X and a 16-core 7960X.
Intel's first Basin Falls HEDT processors are expected to launch in June, with the 12-core model to follow in August. It's unknown when these 14 to 18-core models will follow.