Intel targets esports market with new 18-core processor

The Intel Core i7-7640K and Core i7-7740K will feature 4 CPU cores, will support 8 threads, and will be priced at $220 and $347, respectively.

Intel also introduced three i7 Core X variants - the 4-core/8-thread i7-7740X ($339), the 6-core/12-thread i7-7800x ($389) and the 8-core/16-thread i7-7820X ($599). Intel has unveiled today a new CPU brand called Core X. That's due in part to Intel's improved Turbo Boost technology, which is created to maximize both single-core and dual-core performance by choosing a "favored core" for each processing task. This includes the 12-core Core i9-7920X; 14-core Core i9-7940X; 16-core Core i9-7960X and the ballistic and insane 18-core Core i9-7980XE.

Skylake-X also introduced the latest revision of the Turbo Boost Max 3 feature that was included on the last-generation Broadwell-E high-end desktop (HEDT) chips.

The new Core i9 Extreme Edition chip will be targeted at PC enthusiasts, gamers, content creators, and particularly developers and consumers of virtual reality content. The X-Series chips provide 15-percent faster single-threaded performance and 10-percent faster-multithreaded performance. Until now, Intel has stood unflinching in the face of the renewed competition and has stoically left its price structure unchanged (except for the Core i3-7350K). It is the first day of the event and Intel has already displayed the World's very first 18-core processors for consumers.

X299 motherboards and systems supporting Intel Core-X Series processors will be available in the coming weeks from Intel partners. 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.

There are Kaby Lake-X processors as well but they aren't much powerful and there is only 4-core CPU option.

Clock speed slightly above 4 Ghz. With the new processors comes the new Intel X299 chipset, which adds extended I/O and overclocking capabilities.

This new subset of processors is aimed at enthusiasts and power-hungry users who need to juggle between multiple tasks at once.

There is no word on when these new chips will be released to the public, but reports show that Intel has said that the new chips have a 30% performance boost over previous generations.

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