Intel Announces Powerful Core X Processors
Intel announced its new series of Core X processors, among which is the rumored Core i9 in annual meeting of Computex 2017. The offer is quite broad and is divided into two families: Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X, the second being the most impressive with processors reaching the 18 cores.
With Skylake-X, Intel plans to reach out to those users who want peak performance in games and virtual reality, as well as content creation. The most basic processor in the family is the Core i7 7800X with 6 cores and 12 threads has a base speed of 3.5 GHz and support TurboBoost 2.0.
The Core i9 has four different processors with 10, 12, 14 and 16 cores and speeds starting at 3.3 GHz. These models are equipped with support for the new TurboBoost 3.0, which according to Intel allows to identify the two cores of greater performance to direct them critical workloads in order to, in this way, greatly improve performance in a single or multiple threads of execution.
Core i9 Extreme Edition, the jewel in the crown
Of all the list, one of the processors is the one that rises like the most impressive and it is the Core i9 Extreme Edition. This processor includes 18 cores and 36 threads of execution and claims to be Intel’s first Teraflop CPU for desktop computers.
This processor features support for Intel Optane technologies, the new Turbo Boost Max 3.0, four-channel DDR4-2066 memory and is completely unlocked for overclocking. Like the rest of Core-X processors, the i9 Extreme Edition has socket 2066 and is designed to work in conjunction with the new X299 chipset, which will be offered by multiple motherboard manufacturers in the coming weeks.
While Intel bets on enthusiastic gamers, the company is increasingly closing the gap between these and content creators. Those in the field of design or entertainment may have a hybrid computer that would serve to perform complex tasks during working hours as well as fairly high framerate rates in those last generation AAA games.
Intel says it is possible to have a 12K experience with four discrete graphics cards.
And the prices?
Something that draws attention is without a doubt this terrain. The cheapest in the series belong to the Kabylake-X family and are the Core i5-7640X quad-core at 4.0GHz priced at USD $ 242, followed by the Core i7-7740X 4-core at 4.3 GHz sold For USD $ 339. Both models have support for Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 that promises frequencies up to 4.5 GHz.
Things start to get serious with the Skylake-X series. The lowest processor in this family is the Core i7-7800X 6-core 3.5 GHz, priced at USD $ 389. It is followed by the Core i7 7820X 8-core which sells for USD $ 599. The basic Core i9 offers 10 cores and 3.3 GHz base speed, this model includes multiple high-performance features as support for Turbo Boost 3.0 or DDR4-2066 (quad channel) memory.
It follows the 12-core models (USD $ 1199), 14 cores (USD $ 1399) and 16 cores (USD $ 1699). As expected, the most expensive model is the Core i9 Extreme Edition that has a cost of USD $ 1999.
The fight between AMD and Intel begins to get interesting, although AMD still has something to show respect to the series Ryzen but that will happen in the next months. Regarding the eighth generation of processors, Intel did not reveal much, just said that the tests performed yield 30% higher than the current generation.