Intel has officially announced its rumoured line of extra high performance processors in the new X-series. This covers an entirely new SKU that runs from four to 18 cores; including the brand new i9 Extreme Edition.
Perhaps the most exciting thing to come out of Intel in a while, the new i9 brand currently has two processors. The Core i9- 7900X features 10 cores with 20 threads and a base clock speed of 3.3GHz, while the i9-7980XE Extreme Edition ranks this up to 11 with 18 cores and 36 threads. Intel has not shared many details on this extra high performance chip, but it is promising that it will be its first teraflop CPU.
Further down the line is a trio of new Intel Core i7 processors: the i7-7820X, i7- 7800X, and the i7- 7740X. These have eight, six and four cores respectively; with each core having the mandatory dual threads. Base clockspeeds come in at 3.6GHz for the i7-7820X; 3.5GHz for the i7-7800X; and 4.3GHz for the i7-7740X.
At the bottom of the X-series lies the only i5 in the announcement: the Core i5-7640X. It still manages to boast a base clockspeed of 4GHz for its four cores (with four threads).
Interestingly, Intel’s Turbo Boost Max 3.0 technology can only be found on the i9-7900X and the i7-7820X. Although there’s no word if it will be see on the i9 Extreme Edition.
As expected new X-series also requires a new socket, the LGA 2066 and the new X299 chipset. There’s nothing new here, as motherboard manufacturers have already begun showing off their new designs to support the processor family at Computex.
These high performance processors will not be cheap, with the i5-7640X priced at $242 (about RM1000). The i7-7820X, i7-7800X, and the i7-7740X are priced at $599 (about RM2600), $389 (about RM1700), and $339 (about RM1500) respectively. While the i9-7900X will cost an impressive $999 (about RM4300).