Intel is segmenting its new X-Series lineup into i5, i7, and, for the first time, i9 processors and increasing the core counts.
The $1,999 Core i9 Extreme Edition processor, the i9-7980XE, is aimed at users carrying out heavy tasks such as VR video editing, 3D modelling, and special-effects creation, at serious multi-taskers, and at livestreaming gamers with deep pockets.
Intel launched this series with two architectures - Kaby Lake X and Skylake X. The 4-core processors, the Intel Core i5-7640X and Core i7-7740X, will be built on Kaby Lake X, while the rest of the processors will be built on the upgraded Skylake X architecture.
Don't worry if you think that 18-cores and the associated price tag are a bit much though as Intel is also launching several other Core i9 Extreme Edition CPUs with 10, 12, 14 and 16-Core setups.
Of course, Intel is also launching four Core i9 chips containing 10 to 16 cores that are priced from $999 to $1,699. Intel's Optane memory is also supported, thanks to the fact that all of the X-series processors use the company's new X299 chipset.
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There is no word on when these new chips will be released to the public, but reports show that Intel has said that the new chips have a 30% performance boost over previous generations. AMD recently released a lineup of well-received Ryzen chips that challenged Intel seriously for the first time in years, and the roadmap has a new line of "Threadripper" processors, designed for serious parallel processing, coming soon.
The new king, the Core i9 X-Series CPU. Meanwhile, the ZenBook Pro comes with a 15.6-inch 4K screen, quad-speaker Harman Kardon audio, 7th-gen Intel Core i7 CPUs and Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti graphics and 16GB DDR RAM.
Intel at Computex in Taipei on Tuesday unveiled its new family of "Core X" desktop processors and its first 18-core high-end Core i9 CPUs.
The 10-core i9 variant will come with a base clock speed of 3.3GHz, Inel Turbo Boost Max technology, which ups the frequency to 4.5GHz, 13.75MB of L3 cache, support for 4 channels of DDR4-2666 RAM and a TDP (thermal design power) of 140W. An Intel rep stated that Broadwell-E was an experiment. However, the most powerful of them all, the Intel Core i9 7980 XE would feature 18 cores and 36 Threads!
You'll need to shell out handsomely to get it, but Intel's new Core X processor family, unveiled on Tuesday, is created to handle any task an extreme gamer or video editor can throw at it.