After releasing its first 10-core desktop CPU, the Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition last year, Intel is now upping its game with a new family of processors that will include an 18-core CPU!
On Monday, chip maker giant Intel announced at Computex 2017 the specifications for its upcoming Core X-Series processor family. It should be remembered that the X-Series was first unveiled by the company in May.
Before the big announcement, Intel had only provided information about the 10-core version of the X-Series family, the Core i9-7900X.
After months of waiting, computer enthusiasts finally get a glimpse of the rest of the X-Series family’s specifications and everything about it boasts of one thing:
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Intel Core i9 X-Series Specs Unveiled
The Core i9 X-Series family are comprised of 10-, 12-, 14-, 16-, and the company flagship 18-core processor.
The Core i9-7900X specifications were first announced early this year. The chip will have a 10-core CPU that comes with a base clock speed of 3.3 GHz that could quickly switch to 4.3GHz when using Turbo Boost 2.0. The i9-7900X will also have a Turbo Boost 3.0 Technology that can override the two cores to hit 4.5 GHz. The 10-core CPU has a $999 USD retail price.
Following the 7900X is the Core i9-7920X which is equipped with a 12-core CPU. It has a base clock speed of 2.9 GHz that can go as fast as 4.3 GHz when using Turbo Boost 2.0, and only 4.4 GHz tops using Turbo Boost 3.0. The i9-7920X is priced at $1,199 USD.
The Intel 14-core CPU, Core i9-7940X, has a 3.1 GHz base clock speed, 4.3 GHz Turbo Boost 2.0 speed, and 4.4 GHz Turbo Boost 3.0 max speed. Its retail price comes at $1,399 USD.
Second from the top of the X-Series family is the Core i9-7960X with its 16-core CPU. It will sport a 2.8 GHz base clock speed that can jump to 4.2 GHz when using Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. i9-7960X can reach a maximum speed of up to 4.4 GHz when using Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0. Its outgoing price is $1,699 USD.
The last, and most powerful of the X-Series family is the 18-core CPU, Core i9-7980XE. This processor is said to be Intel’s answer to AMD‘s 16-core/ 32-thread Threadripper CPU.
According to Intel, the i9-7980XE is the first ever teraflop desktop PC processor. It will have a base clock speed of 2.6 GHz that can be boosted up to 4.2 GHz using Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and can have a maximum speed of 4.4 GHz through Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0.
Core X-Series Processor Family: What to Expect?
As per Intel, the Intel Core X-series processor family is the most powerful, scalable and accessible high-end desktop platform that the company has ever offered. It is primarily designed to deliver the optimum performance required by virtual reality’s extreme computing demands, gaming, overclocking, and content creation.
Part of the statement published on the chip maker’s news room site read:
“The new X-series processor family is the ultimate platform for content creators and gamers. Multitasking becomes extreme mega-tasking with simultaneous, compute-intensive, multithreaded workloads aligned in purpose, powered by up to 18 cores and 36 threads. And, with up to 68 PCIe 3.0 lanes on the platform, people have the ability to expand their systems with fast SSDs, up to four discrete GFX cards and ultrafast Thunderbolt™ 3 solutions.”
Content creators can expect up to 20% boost in performance for VR content creation and an astounding 30% speed enhancement for 4K video editing, a far cry from the previous generations of Intel chip processors.
It only boils down to one thing, faster and better processing performance for everyone!
The Core X-Series processors will be available starting late August. The 12-core have an August 28th release date, followed by the 14- to 18-core starting on September 25th. The 10-core X-Series processor is already out in the market.