Intel unveils new Core X range of high-end processors for gamers

After a number of rumours and leaks, Intel has finally made the Core X PC processors, along with the improved Core i5 and Core i7 processors and the mighty 18-core Core i9 processor.

It was not too long ago when Intel introduced its Kaby Lake line of processors. The cheapest Core X, the Core i5-7640X, is $242, while the Core i7 X-Series range from a $339 (4-core / 8-thread) to $599 for the 10-core 20-thread model. Beyond the number of threads, the chips share numerous same features including two memory channels and 16 PCle lanes. The slightly faster Core i7-7820X CPU runs at slightly higher clock speed but also packs in eight cores with 11MB of L3 cache and 28 PCIe lanes.

Above 4GHz as clock speeds have plateaued at slightly, the challenge has to find a use for all of the additional cores silicon manufacturers are building into their chips. The company is now following it up with the Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition, an 18-core/36-thread CPU that will retail later this year for $1,999.

This is in addition to the 18-core Core i9 Extreme CPU. Of course, all of this power comes at a price and, in the case of the i9 Extreme Edition, that price is $1,999.

The i9-7980XE chip has specs that far outstrip the four-core Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors typically found in home PCs but is also considerably more expensive. "While these parts were on Intel's roadmap for a while, the pull-in was a direct response to AMD's Ryzen desktop parts that have a received a warm welcome", Moorhead told SiliconANGLE.

You can note that some of the clock speeds are missing from the table and that is because they have not been announced yet. Hardcore gamers may not necessarily need the extra power, but we could see plenty being drawn to the chips regardless.

The GM went through the motions like any other big exec delivering a keynote - Bryant mentioned the anticipated 80 billion devices by 2025, autonomous cars becoming mainstream and how Intel wants to position itself, like other big tech, at the forefront of this data-driven revolution. Which slated to that company's most powerful consumer processor.

The Core i9 family has four lower tiers of processors, ranging from 10-core to 16-core versions with prices that increase $999 to $1,699, respectively.

Eric Brackett Tech Times editor Eric Brackett is a tech junkie and a gamer, covering science and technology.

Latest update on May 30, 2017 at 08:25 AM by PaulRubens.

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