Intel introduces Core i9 processor with 18 cores at Computex

Kristi Paul
May 31, 2017

The 7980XE is also the first consumer chip from Intel to offer a teraflop of compute power.

The high-end desktop PC market targets extreme gamers, software developers, those who stream videos, and other types of content creators.

Intel's Gregory Bryant, corporate vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group who gave the Computex Keynote wrote a press release as well talking about today's announcements which also included news about Intel's Compute Card which offers the capabilities of a full computer but in the size of a credit card.

All CPUs from the Core-X family will be using Intel's new X299 chipset, which uses a new LGA 2066 socket. For the sake of comparison, the i7-7700K featured the same boost speed, but a slightly lower base speed at 4.2 GHz. In this test, we compared the tested CPU to the Core i5-6500, which is a similar model from the previous generation.

The Core i9 series of CPUs has been rumoured for some time now, but Intel have officially revealed the line at Computex.

Intel's processor lineup is led by the new powerhouse Intel Core i9 processor brand, which features up to 18 cores and 36 threads and is targeted for top-of-the-line enthusiast systems.

Other members of the Core i9 family are more realistically priced and range from $999 for 10 cores to $1,699 for 16 cores (12 and 14 cores are also available).

If you want to step up to Intel's new i7 family, the cheapest variant is the four-core, eight-thread 7740X.

All of the chips feature base clock speeds of 3.3GHz - up to 4.3GHz dual-core speeds with Turbo Boost 2.0, and 4.5GHz with Turbo Boost 3.0. The test results, as spotted by experts, show that an unspecified and unnamed processor is being tested against the i7-7500U chip that can be turbo clocked up to 3.5GHz.

To top it all off, the Skylake-X parts use an updated processor architecture that should yield performance improvements relative to the Broadwell-E parts at identical core counts and frequencies. There will be a total of four Skylake X processors and two Kaby Lake X processors.

If I'm right, this should translate into both an acceleration in unit shipment growth and a richer product mix within the company's desktop processor shipments. It starts from 12 cores with 24 threads, while the highest of them all has 16 cores and 32 threads.

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The shift to scale the X299 platform is an interesting one for Intel. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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