Intel has announced a new range of “Core X” desktop PC processors at ComputerX today, including the Core i9 Skylake chipsets. Offering even more powerful versions of its existing Core i5 and Core i7 models for those who want even more firepower.
Targeted at enthusiast customers, Intel’s new family of Core X platform is being aimed at gamers and content creators – people who want to be able to run the latest games at the best possible resolution while streaming footage and running a chat with viewers or have four different creative tools open at once to put together a new vlog.
To that extent, the Core X series scales from models with 4-cores topping out with the $1,999 Core i9 Extreme, which Intel essentially points out is the first consumer desktop processor to offer 18-cores and 36-threads.
The price for the new Core X family starts with the Core i5-7640X at $242, which offers four-cores and 4-threads. While the Core i7 X-Series range from a $339, 4-core / 8-thread model to a $599 8-core / 16-thread chip.
As for the Core i9? Intel may be offering four models (not counting the i9 Extreme already mentioned) ranging from $999 for a 10-core / 20-thread processor to a $1,699, 16-core / 32-thread chip.
Correction: The Core i7 X-Series tops out at a 8-core / 16 thread chip for $599, not a 10-core chip at that price point. The Core i9 X-Series starts at 10-core / 16-thread chip for $999, instead of the previously listed 12-core chip at that price.
Compatibility? All the new desktop Core X processors are especially designed to work with Intel’s new X299 motherboard chipset, which the company notes should be rolling out on partner products in the near future, along with the new upcoming processors. In terms of chip architecture, almost everything the Core X family is built on an updated version of Intel’s sixth-generation Skylake platform, which actually refers to as company’s Skylake X. The two 4-core models at the bottom of the range – the i5-7640X and the i7-7740X — are built on Kaby Lake X.
It’s also confirmed that Intel is also upgrading its Turbo Boost technology on some of the higher-end models of the Core X line, though, what it calls Turbo Boost Max 3.0. The additional cores on the Core X models, Intel points at it will improve multitasking performance, and the addition of technologies like Turbo Boost Max 3.0 ensures each core is also to achieve a target of improved performance. As per Intel itself, the Core X series reaches 10 percent faster multi-thread performance over the previous generation, and 15% faster single thread.
Intel also had a brief update on the still forthcoming eighth-generation line of mainstream Intel chips, rumored though, to be codenamed Coffee Lake. Early reports from the company promised a 15 percent improvement over the current 7th-generation Kaby Lake line. Today Intel announced that it’s seeing even greater performance, with improvements up to 30-percent ove Kaby Lake. There’s still no update on when we’ll start seeing the so-called Coffee Lake chips in real-world computers.
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