Intel Announces 18 Core i9 CPU, Core X series and more
For many years Intel has stuck with quad core deign for their top of the line chips. But now Intel is gearing up to challenge AMD’s Rzyen series with a high number of cores. At Computex in Taipei, Intel has unveiled the Core X-Series with a flagship Core i9 CPU and the it’s first teraflop desktop CPUs. The top of the line i9 has 18 Cores with Hyper-Threading making it essentially 36 Cores.
The Core X-Series consists of Core i9, i7, and i5 CPUs. The i3 was intentionally left out because, i3 and high end dont rhyme. The Core i5 7640X is the entry-level model in the Core X-Series. It only has four cores and no Hyper-Threading, just like current-gen i5 chips. However, it boasts a higher clock speed, supports faster RAM, and uses the new Intel Socket R4 (LGA 2066). It’s priced at a reasonable $242.
If you want to step up to Intel’s new i7 family, the cheapest variant is the four-core, eight-thread 7740X. It’ll retail for $339, which is only a little more than current i7 CPUs. Things become interesting with the 7800x, which has six cores and 12 threads for $389. There’s also the 8-core, 16-thread 7820X for around $599.
That brings us to the new Core i9 lineup, which starts at 10 physical CPU cores with 20 threads. This 7900X chip will retail for a whooping $999. The other i9 CPUs come in configurations with 12, 14, 16, and 18 cores (all with Hyper-Threading). Intel’s recommended price for those is $1,199, $1,399, $1,699, and $1,999, respectively. The 7980XE is the first consumer chip to offer 18 cores, which will probably be overkill for most people if they decided to spend that amount of money.
Most of the chips are based of Kaby Lake but rest is still derived from SkyLake. Biggest difference was the power efficiency, but Core X series is about performance. Intel says
These chips are intended for gamers who want to play, livestream, and record their gameplay at high resolution. Anyone who needs to edit large images or videos might also be tempted to grab one of Intel’s new many-core CPUs. Of course, all X-Series CPUs are unlocked for easy overclocking.
The X-Series chips plug into the new LGA2066 socket and are compatible with the X299 chipset. The combination of high core numbers and new features should offer big performance gains. These new CPUs will put a hole in your pocket, but a certain class of enthusiast and professionals will be happy to plunk down $2,000 for the fastest CPU Intel offers.