Intel Kicks Off Computex 2017 with Big News

Intel Kicks Off Computex 2017 with Big News

Intel Kicks Off Computex 2017 with Big News

Computex 2017 is starting off with a bang, with Intel unveiling its top-of-the-line Core i9 processor, part of its Core X line of high-performance desktop chips.

Intel said that nearly 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.

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).

We thought that AMD would have the enthusiast core count battle won with its 16-core/32-thread Ryzen Threadripper processor, but it appears that Intel had other plans in mind with the Core i9-7980XE.

Intel said it still plans to launch its Core 8th-gen series of processors in the future, and its latest testing shows up to 30% in performance improvements over the Core 7th-gen series.

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Intel Kicks Off Computex 2017 with Big News

Intel also revealed the pricing of these processors with the base Core i5 processor priced at $242. Surprisingly, the company is offering a much lower price point for its core-heavy i9 series.

We've had a lot of Intel news over the last 24 hours and while we have managed to tackle the bigger announcements, there was one small but interesting detail that snuck by during the Intel conference at Computex.

Intel boasted of high scalability within the new family, with options ranging from four cores all the way up to a huge 18 cores at the top end. But Intel is banking that 1% of remaining enthusiasts being spendthrift enough to make the range a success, and judging by how well the 10-core Broadwell E models went down past year, you wouldn't bet against them. The unnamed chip has a turbo clock speed of 4GHz and doubles the number of cores and threads (i7-7500U had two cores and four threads). The Core i9 family has support for a more refined version of Turbo Boost Max 3.0, quad-channel DDR4-2666 memory, and Optane (3D XPoint) memory technology.

The Core i9-7900X is a 10-core/20-thread processor with a base clock of 3.3 GHz and a Turbo peak of 4.5 GHz using the new Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0. Instead, the newly announced Intel Core i9 processor will sit on the top. That's due in part to Intel's improved Turbo Boost technology, which is created to maximize both single-core and dual-core performance by choosing a "favored core" for each processing task.

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