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Intel Core i9: 18-core monster chip unveiled



Intel has unveiled the next generation of ultra-performance processors, its X-series range, which includes the new i9 core chips, and we've got all the latest price, spec, and release date information.

Intel’s next-generation workstation CPUs will include a new model name, called Core i9. This forms the very top end of Intel's X-series of procesors, which was previously topped by a load of different Core i7s.

Specifically, there are five new Intel Core i9 chips, all of which feature 10 or more cores, with the top-end i9-7980XE packing a ridiculous 18 cores – the most ever for an Intel desktop part.

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There's also three new i7 chips and an i5 processor joining the new i9 chips, including the quad-core i5-7640X and i7 models in 4, 6 and 8-core variants.

The cheaper chips will rival AMD’s top-end Ryzen processors, featuring higher clock speeds and support for more PCIe lanes – both of which are important for high-end PCs that pack powerful components, like multiple graphics cards and high-speed storage arrays.

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The most expensive new additions are (on paper, at least) in a class of their own, with the Core i9-7980XE priced at $1,999 (about £1,558). It's the first Intel consumer processor that comes with a teraflop of computing power. Alongside the 7980XE, there are 10, 12, 14 and 16-core i9 alternatives, with the 10 core i9-7900X set to go on sale for $999 (about £778).

All Intel's new i9 chips come with 3.3GHz base clock speeds, and are capable of reaching up to 4.3GHz dual-core speeds with Turbo Boost 2.0, pushing that to 4.5GHz with Turbo Boost 3.0.

Stay tuned for more from Computex 2017 in Taipei as TrustedReviews will be providing updates live from the event.

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Is Core i9 going into your next high-end rig or are you thinking Ryzen's more your cup of tea? Let us know in the comments.

Jericho King

May 15, 2017, 7:26 pm

Sounds like trickery to me.....at what cost??


May 16, 2017, 8:16 am

'For context, the current most-expensive Intel Extreme chip is the Core i7-5960X'
you're a whole generation late.


May 22, 2017, 7:08 pm

Looks like a typo, given that they quote the common price for an i7-6950x. They'll likely succeed in display at Computex, but don't expect the release to be anytime soon. If the prices are maintained at or above the range of the current Extreme series, sales volume won't be great. Some will be attracted to 44 PCIe lanes, some to 8/10/12 cores (if there are good OS apps for dedicating core sets to divided workloads), but very few will find this a worthwhile upgrade to proven processors, and others will find the pricing of the AMD competition to be irresistible.

Linou Gertz

May 26, 2017, 6:46 pm

I wait for this high-end chip to be sold in Alienware systems. Then I upgrade.


May 30, 2017, 4:12 pm

Yeah, you also get ripped off and paid for over priced parts by 1000%

Linou Gertz

May 30, 2017, 4:15 pm

Yeah? So where can I buy a computor with that spec for 1000% less?

Jorge Zuniga

May 31, 2017, 8:37 am

you build it ;)

Jay Dejonn

May 31, 2017, 5:56 pm

omg AW will charge you double for that chip

Eli Gadd Barbie

June 5, 2017, 4:09 pm

I would not buy an early stepping chip in this price range. I'll wait at least 6 more months until both higher chip stepping and newer motherboard revisions will become available...

Mark Cheshier

June 7, 2017, 5:43 pm

Intel is simply going to HAVE to lower their prices. Sure, AMD might be a marginal downgrade in benchmark performance but in real world multi-threaded computing cores / threads do matter. AMD is hands down now making a great product, with stellar multi-thread performance, and best of all, it's at a great price. AMD has the upper edge still in my opinion because Intel has a history of being stubbornly over priced and it just might cost them this time.


June 8, 2017, 11:04 am

Buying a system from Alienware will cost you about 40% more than building it yourself simply because it says Alienware on it. They always have been and always will be a rip-off.

Joseph Soos

June 14, 2017, 3:59 am

I would buy this rather than Ryzen because Intel accepts Optane memory which has lower latency and quickens any attached SSD. Cheers.

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