Retailer Gameolo leaks prices for Intel's new i7 & i9 CPUs

Tomas Mccoy
June 1, 2017

It beats out AMD's 16-core Threadripper CPU, which was slated to be that company's most powerful consumer processor for 2017. Bryant said in an editorial on the Intel website that the processor family includes Intel's first teraflop desktop CPUs. Intel also revealed its new Core i9 processor, which it said targets advanced gaming, virtual reality and content creation.

It's worth noting that we don't have availability details for each new processor SKU yet, nor did Intel announce the clock speeds or other specs of the Extreme Edition or the other top-of-the line Core i9 X-series CPUs.

Intel is segmenting its new X-Series lineup into i5, i7, and, for the first time, i9 processors and increasing the core counts.

Intel's new X-Series chips replace the current X99 platform and come at a wide price range, from as little as $242 all the way up to $2,000.

This is by far the most extreme desktop processor ever introduced. Kaby Lake-X CPUs won't support Intel's Turbo Boost Max 3.0 technology. The Core i5 variant will run at a slightly lower 4GHz with a boost clock of 4.2GHz and does not support HyperThreading. The top-of-the-line Core i9 has an incredible 18 physical cores with Hyper-Threading for a total of 36 threads. Intel has turned its attention to a new generation of "streamers" who not only use cores to play the game but ask other cores.

In February, Intel announced plans to launch its next wave of Core processors in the second half of this year.

The Core i7-7740x also has 4-cores but it doubles the threads of the previous i5 model.

The new, multi-core models also show that Intel is serious about keeping up with AMD, whose recently released Ryzen processors are seen by many as the first viable competitor to Intel's juggernaut Core series in years.

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. That's due in part to Intel's improved Turbo Boost technology, which is created to maximize both single-core and dual-core performance by choosing a "favored core" for each processing task.

Intel's branding for the Core i9 and X-series parts is, however, slightly muddled. That's only ringing in at 16 cores, which somehow seems inadequate now with Intel's announcement.

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