Intel introduces its Core-X Series processors at Computex

Lynne Hanson
May 31, 2017

Intel talks about numerous same benefits delivered by its Core-X series processors that AMD visited with the Ryzen launch.

In addition to new chips, Intel introduced its Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, which the company said allows systems to dynamically overclock to higher speeds when necessary.

Speaking on the launch, Gregory Bryant, Corporate Vice President and General Manager Client Computing Group said in a blog post, "The Intel Core X-series processor family introduces a series of firsts that reflect the extreme performance we are delivering". They'll start out at four cores, with Intel promising more affordable options than what will undoubtedly be a premium price tag for the Core i9 Extreme Edition.

Intel's upcoming 8th generation CPUs are now code-named "Coffee Lake" and during the press briefing, Intel claimed that while engineers were initially planning on a 15 percent performance improvement over 7th gen.

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"The unlocked Intel Core X-Series processors are created to scale to your performance needs by using the two fastest cores at higher frequencies and up to 18 cores when extreme mega-tasking is required", the microprocessor giant notes. It's lead by the i9-7980XE - a behemoth of a CPU that features 18 cores, 36 threads, a base clock speed of 3.3 GHz (with boosts of around 4.3 and 4.5 with different modes), and a price of $1999. Based of an improved version of Skylake (called Skylake-X), the chips will come in 16, 14, 12 and 10 core variants. The new Core X range of processors are primarily targeted at gamers and professionals, as they can meet demands of modern day games and get the ability to run these titles at max resolutions. When Intel's Turbo Boost 3.0 technology is engaged, an individual 7980XE core can hit a top speed of 4.5GHz.

It should come as no surprise then that Intel is debuting a Core X-series of chips which includes its first teraflop desktop CPUs, a prime example of just how much raw compute these processors can handle. At first, were launched the Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs, and soon after, the Core i3, Pentium, and Celeron models.

Of course, Intel is also launching four Core i9 chips containing 10 to 16 cores that are priced from $999 to $1,699. The new platform also offers support for Intel Optane and quad channel DDR4-2667 MHz memory. 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.

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