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Intel unveils Core i9 Extreme Edition CPUs – Prices and specifications

Intel has unveiled the specifications and prices[1] of its new range of Core X processors, including the 18-core Extreme Edition. The processors are aimed at the high-end desktop market and are compatible with the LGA 2066 socket found on Intel’s X299 chipset. Intel’s Core X Series processors are based on the Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X architecture, and are available in Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9 models.

The chips do not feature any integrated graphics, as all die space is occupied by CPU cores.

Next-gen performance

Intel said content creators can expect up to 20% better performance in VR content creation and up to 30% faster 4K video editing over the previous generation of Intel processors. Gamers will also see a performance improvement of up to 30% when multi-tasking. The Intel Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition is the most powerful processor in the lineup, boasting 18 physical cores with 36 threads and a clock speed of up to 4.4GHz using Intel’s Turbo Boost 3.0 technology.

The powerful CPU does not come cheap, however, and will retail for £1,999 (R26,000) in the US.

Intel Core X processors with 14, 16, and 18 CPU cores will be available from 25 September, while lower-end products will start shipping from 28 August.

The specifications and US pricing for Intel’s new Core X Series processors are below.

Processor

Base Clock

Boost Clock

Turbo Boost 3.0

Cores

Threads

TDP

Price

Core i9-7980XE 2.6GHz 4.2GHz 4.4GHz 18 36 165W £1,999
Core i9-7960X 2.8GHz 4.2GHz 4.4GHz 16 32 165W £1,699
Core i9-7940X 3.1GHz 4.3GHz 4.4GHz 14 28 165W £1,399
Core i9-7920X 2.9GHz 4.3GHz 4.4GHz 12 24 140W £1,199
Core i9-7900X 3.3GHz 4.3GHz 4.5GHz 10 20 140W £999
Core i7-7820X 3.6GHz 4.3GHz 4.5GHz 8 16 140W £599
Core i7-7800X 3.5GHz 4.0GHz N/A 6 12 140W £389
Core i7-7740X 4.3GHz 4.5GHz N/A 4 8 112W £339
Core i5-7640X 4.0GHz 4.2GHz N/A 4 4 112W £242

Now read: Intel bucks PC industry decline[2]

References

  1. ^ specifications and prices (newsroom.intel.com)
  2. ^ Intel bucks PC industry decline (mybroadband.co.za)

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