Intel announce Core X range of processors at Computex, including Core i9 18 core monster



As has been earlier rumoured Intel today announced their next generation of  Core X PC processors at Computex, which includes more powerful Core i5 and Core i7 processors, and a new top of the line Core i9 processors.

The new “Core X” family of desktop processors at Computex offers even more powerful versions of its existing Core i5 and Core i7 models, along with a new, top-of-the-line Core i9 line for those who want even more firepower.

The range starts at 4 cores, but tops out at the Core i9 Extreme which offers 18 cores and 36 threads for $1,999, the first consumer processor to do so and which offers teraflop performance on the desktop for the first time.

The Core X family starts with the Core i5-7640X at $242, which offers 4-cores and 4-threads. The Core i7 X-Series range from a $339, 4-core / 8-thread model to a $599 10-core / 20-thread chip. The Core i9 will range from $999 for a 12-core / 24-thread processor to a $1,699, 16-core / 32-thread chip. The 4 core models, the i5-7640X and the i7-7740X — are built on Kaby Lake X, while the rest of the range are built on an upgraded Skylake X architecture.

The chips feature Intel’s  Turbo Boost Max 3.0 technology aimed to offer 10 percent faster multi-threading performance over the previous generation, and 15 percent faster single thread.

The powerful chips will be supported by Intel’s new X299 motherboard chipset.

The processors are aimed at consumers who need to power advanced gaming, VR and content creation.

Intel also spoke about their successor to Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, which they said would offer up to 30% performance improvements over Kaby Lake. Intel did not say when those chips will be hitting the market.

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