Intel Core i9: 18-core X-series processor specs revealed

Intel keeps trickling out details about 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.

Update (August 8, 2017): Intel has announced full specs and pricing for the 18-core i9 Extreme Edition CPU that sits as the flagship chip in its new X-series range of processors.

According to Intel, the new 18-core processor will feature a base speed of 2.6GHz, and a Turbo Boost 2.0 clock-speed of 4.2GHz. It’s also possible to use Turbo Boost 3.0 to further speed up the clock-rate on the fastest two cores, giving a maximum clock speed of 4.4Ghz. That’s only marginally lower than the 4.5GHz achieved by Intel’s Core i7-7700K, the current top-end consumer desktop processor.

We also know that the 16-core model will be capable of speeds between 2.8GHz and 4.4GHz, and that the 14-core variant will have a base clock-rate of 3.1GHz.

We don’t have proper benchmark results yet, but Intel has offered up some of its own testing readouts. In Cinebench R15, the 16-core i9 chip managed a score of 3,200 – that’s paired with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080Ti GPU.

The 14-core, 16-core, and 18-core Intel Core i9 chips will go on sale on September 25, but the 12-core version is available as soon as August 28. The top-end 18-core model will set you back $2,000 USD.

Original article (May 15, 2017):

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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