Intel new Intel Core i9-7900X processor is for performance freaks

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Another eye-catching announcement was the unveiling of a whole new subset of Intel processors - the Core i9 family.

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. A new Intel x299 chipset is being added to the processors to boost the present I/O and overclocking capabilities.

Intel introduced the new Intel Core X-series processor family on Tuesday at Computex 2017 in Taipei. After shipping the 10 core version of Core i9, Intel will put the 12-core Core i9 7920X, 14-core Core i9 7940X, 16-core Core i9 7960X and 18-core Core i9 7980XE processors on sale. '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.

With four cores and 3.5 GHz maximum clock, the Core i5-7400 is the most basic CPU of the new Core i5 seventh-generation series, codenamed Kaby Lake. All the new Core i9 processors and the 6 and 8-core i7 chips have 140W thermal design points (TDPs).

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The Threadripper was being touted as the company's most powerful consumer processor of this year but that's no longer the case, courtesy of Intel's revolutionary chip technology. The 18-core extreme edition Intel Core i9-7980XE is the most expensive offering at $1,999. It's also worth noting that the Core X range is built using the updated version of Intel's Skylake platform, simply referred to as the Skylake X. While the low-end i5-7640X and the i7-7740X models are built on Kaby Lake X. The SKylake-X starts with Core i7-7800X. At the other end of the table you can see the 4C/4T Core i5-7640X, with a TDP of 112W, priced at $242.

Otherwise, the company says the new chips are made with "advanced gaming, VR and content creation in mind". With the new Skylake-X chips and their accompanying X299 platform, the world's largest processor-maker is stepping into a segment now dominated by Nvidia and AMD for machines sold to gamers, content creators and other artistic types.

All of the i9 chips feature base clock speeds of 3.3GHz, reaching up to 4.3GHz dual-core speeds with Turbo Boost 2.0 and 4.5GHz with Turbo Boost 3.0. No shipping dates have been announced by Intel yet.