Intel unveils Core i9 CPU - The most extreme desktop processor ever

Terry Joseph
June 1, 2017

Intel has confirmed that the X-Series family takes advantage of a new LGA 2066 socket. The remaining 4 processors namely Core i9-7920X, Core i9-7940X, Core i9-7960X - $1,699, Core i9-7980XE - $1,999. The Core i5 7640X is the entry-level model in the X-Series.

Its core i9 lineup driven by the surprising demand for last year's 10-core chip, Intel says.

The market for the chip is likely to be small in the near-term, because most PC users have no need for the power that the Core i9 Extreme Edition offers.

You can distinguish the regular models from the new X series straight from the model number. The company will be pushing out X299 chipset-based motherboards in the coming days.

Further, the entry level Intel Core i5-7640X (4-cores and 4-threads) costs $242 and the Core i7 X-Series that come in 4, 6 and 8-core variants costs $339, $389 and $599 respectively.

Not surprisingly, the Core-X will be nearly exclusive to high-end devices such as gaming rigs or the professionals. Beyond the number of threads, the chips share numerous same features including two memory channels and 16 PCle lanes.

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With Turbo Boost 4.5 and 2.0GHz, all of the i9 chips feature base clock speeds of 3.3GHz, regarding up to 4.3GHz dual-core speeds and with Turbo Boost 3.0 also.

Intel claims that these processors outperform the previous generation. It will improve multitasking and also single-thread operations. It sports 13.75MB of cache thanks to an updated cache configuration, includes 44 lanes of PCIe 3.0.

At the time of that announcement, Intel said that Coffee Lake chips would offer at least 15% better performance than their predecessors. We are talking about the Core X series, which brags with their first 18-core CPU, called the i9-7980XE.

It's also a strong return to desktop computing, which Intel had somewhat left to the wayside with its advances in more mobile CPU chips. Obviously, it isn't intended for them.

Currently, Intel is raising the bar with an entirely new processors family dedicated to enthusiasts. The company has partnered with various PC hardware manufacturers including Dell, Asus, Gigabytes, HP, Acer, MSI, Origin, etc. and Amazon for the sale of standalone CPUs.

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