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Intel i9 Processor: 18-core Intel Core i9-7980XE Spotted in Leaks


Intel has unveiled its latest range of processors at Computex 2017, the Core X range. American multinational corporation and technology company Intel is joining in on the fun, by announcing the next generation Intel Core i9 X-series processors.

In a move that many media outlets are saying came about as a response to Advanced Micro Devices' (AMD) 16-core Threadripper chip, this new reveal by Intel promises to bring more performance than the top offering from their competitor.

At the Computex conference in Taipei May 30, Intel introduced a new lineup of processors that specifically targets the high-end desktop PC market, a sector in which the company hasn't showed much interest previously.

Performance-enhancing additions in the new chips include up to 10% better multithread performance and 15% better single-thread performance over the previous generation of chips, Intel said. The Core i7 X-Series processors would start at a $339 for a 4-core processor while the Core i9 models would be priced at $999 for a 10-core processor up to $2000 for the 18-core version.

With Turbo Boost 4.5 and 2.0GHz, all of the i9 chips feature base clock speeds of 3.3GHz, regarding up to 4.3GHz dual-core speeds and with Turbo Boost 3.0 also. The Core i5 variant will run at a slightly lower 4GHz with a boost clock of 4.2GHz and does not support HyperThreading.

The new Core-X Series offers SKUs boasting from 4 to 18 physical cores.

Besides, the company also announced a new top-end Core i9 processor tailor-made for hardcore PC gamers featuring 18 cores and 36 threads. With the new Skylake-X chips and their accompanying X299 platform, the world's largest processor-maker is stepping into a segment now dominated by Nvidia and AMD for machines sold to gamers, content creators and other artistic types. As Intel is about to release its 18core CPU chips, the users have to wait to experience the 12 cores or more. 'This is by far the most extreme desktop processor ever introduced. All will come with up to 44 PCIe lanes and support for Intel Optane memory, that delivers an amazingly responsive computing and storage experience. Rounding out the X-Series family are the quad-core i5-7640X and i7 models in 4, 6 and 8-core models.

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