It was not too long ago when Intel introduced its Kaby Lake line of processors. These 7th generation Core processors were hailed as the fastest Intel chips at that time and are now widely available for consumers looking for cutting-edge performance from their computers.
But barely eight months after the Kaby Lake unveiling, Intel is pushing the chip envelope once again with the introduction of the Core X line of processors, showing us that Moore’s Law is indeed far from dead.
Aimed at computer aficionados and video editors who demand the best PC performance money could buy, the Core X family is capable of efficiently juggling multiple resource intensive tasks at once, for example, running video games in high-quality 4K resolution while broadcasting multiple live streams in HD. Core X chips are claimed to reach 15 percent faster single thread performance and 10 percent faster multithread rates compared to the previous generation.
The crown jewel of the Core X line is the new Core i9 Extreme (i9-7980XE), which Intel claims to be the first consumer desktop processor that could achieve teraflop performance with the aid of its 18 cores, capable of 36 threads. This kind of monster performance doesn’t come cheap, though, as the top-of-the-line Core i9 Extreme is priced at $1,999.
If that extreme price is putting you off, the Core i9 Extreme line is also available in cheaper 16, 14, 12, and 10-core versions. The base 10-core version starts at the more affordable price point of $999 so this is great news for people who want the upgraded i9 Core X performance from their computers without breaking the bank.
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).
Rounding off the Core X family is the entry level i5 variant – the i5-7640X, which can only run 4-cores/4 threads but is priced attractively at $242.
Intel said that almost all of the Core X chips are built on an updated version of the Skylake X architecture with the exception of the two 4-core versions, the i5-7640X and the i7-7740X, which are based on Kaby Lake.
The company is also improving its Turbo Boost feature of the higher end Core X models with Turbo Boost Max 3.0 that enhances multitasking by optimizing each core.
Intel’s Core X processing chips are set to release soon, within the 2nd quarter of this year.
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