Intel's Powerful Core i9, X-Series Processors Are For Gamers and Creators

Intel unveils new blazingly-fast Core i9 processor


Computex 2017 is starting off with a bang, with Intel unveiling its top-of-the-line Core i9 processor, part of its Core X line of high-performance desktop chips.

Targeting gamers, the Core X series scales from models with 4-cores topping out with the $1,999 Core i9 Extreme, the world's first ever consumer desktop CPU with 18 cores and 36 threads. The Intel Core i7 X-series starts with 4 cores and 8 threads and goes all the way up to 10 cores and 20 threads.

Intel is following directly on the heels of AMD, which announced its new high-end desktop (HEDT) platform, the 16-core 32-thread ThreadRipper earlier this month.

Generally, the company's "extreme" processors are based on the previous generation's architecture, but this new line bucks the trend somewhat by offering two Kaby Lake-based chips in addition to processors based on the preceding Skylake architecture. The company also claims the i9 series offers 15% more performance for single threaded workloads and 10% more for multi-threaded workloads compared to the current generation of Core processors.

Intel also spoke about their successor to Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, which they said would offer up to 30% performance improvements over Kaby Lake.

Gregory Bryant, corporate VP and GM of Intel's Client Computing Group not only talked about the robust capabilities of the Core i9 processor but also reassured the gathering that their upcoming mass-focused processors were on track for a release later this very year. With price points to match, there is an Intel® Core™ X-series processor that is sure to meet the needs for the widest range of enthusiast customers ever.

Other announcements include the release of always-connected PCs, which in collaboration with Microsoft, Intel delivers high performance with Windows experiences, longer battery life and connectivity all built-in to a thin PC.

About the Core i9, these Intel chips feature base clock speeds of 3.3GHz. When Intel's Turbo Boost 3.0 technology is engaged, an individual 7980XE core can hit a top speed of 4.5GHz.

Dubbed the Core X, the new wave of desktop processors range from four core variants with boosted compute horsepower, to the 18 core Core i9 Extreme chip, the latter being aimed squarely at people seeking large dollops of power for their desktop setup; they will need deep wallets as well given the CPU costs a hefty $1,999 (£1,500).

You'll need to shell out handsomely to get it, but Intel's new Core X processor family, unveiled on Tuesday, is created to handle any task an extreme gamer or video editor can throw at it.

This is in addition to the 18-core Core i9 Extreme CPU. The Zenbook 3 Deluxe which is 12.9mm thick comes with a 14-inch display, 7th-gen Intel Core i7 processor with integrated IntelHD graphics and up to 16GB of RAM.

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