Core i9 7980XE is expected to be Intel’s flagship model of Core X series.

The X299 platform will support Kabylake-X and Skylake-X CPUs. Four, six, eight and 10-core chips will be available initially, with 12, 14, 16, and 18-core options to be added at a later date.

Intel’s also reorganized its cache subsystem to boost performance. The new platform also upgrades Intel’s HEDT segment to include newer technologies such as PCI-E 3.0 in the PCH. American multinational corporation and technology company Intel is joining in on the fun, by announcing the next generation Intel Core i9 X-series processors. The Threadripper 1998X clocks a bit higher at 3.5 GHz with the boost clock unspecified as well. However, it has a higher clock speed, supports faster RAM, and uses the new Intel Socket R4 (LGA 2066). United Kingdom pricing has yet to be confirmed, with Intel setting U.S. pricing for the 18-core Core i9 Extreme Edition at $1,999 (around £1,554 excluding taxes).

Starting from the base model, the Intel Core i5-7640X comes with 4 cores and 4 threads. Intel should still have the new Coffee Lake CPUs to unveil later this year so you might want to look at those before buying your PC a new processor.

Intel’s Core i9 family has four lower tiers of processors which range from 10-core to 16-core versions with prices from $999 to $1,699, respectively. The 8th generation chip is built on a refined iteration of Intel’s 14nm process. To the former’s credit, Intel has once again upped the ante in terms of power, likely making it the preferred choice for professionals whether they are working in technical industries or creating streams on Twitch or YouTube.

On stage today at Computex in Taipei, Intel not only unveiled its high-end “Extreme” edition Core X series processors. Intel will have more announcements at Computex 2017 including shared details of the Intel Compute Card, VR innovations, new devices with Intel processors, and some information regarding the 8 generation Intel Core processors. According to Intel, its next-generation chips should deliver a 30 percent improved performance over Kaby Lake.

At the top of the line-up of the X-series processors is Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition, the first consumer desktop CPU with 18 cores and 36 threads.


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