Intel Unveils 18-Core Desktop CPU

While Intel's 10-core i7 Extreme Edition from previous year cost around $1,700, its new 10-core Core i9 costs just $999. Billed as offering the highest performance for those doing "advanced gaming, VR and content creation" it's the first consumer desktop CPU that packs - in Core i9 Extreme Edition form - a full 18 cores and 36 threads.

Intel has also introduced the new Intel x299 chipset, which adds more I/O and overclocking capabilities. Turbo Boost 3.0 has been upgraded to better both single and dual-core speeds by directing critical workloads to two top performing cores.

A few weeks ago Intel informed consumers about a new line of processors that would be revealed by them which would kickstart the line Core i9 and X-Series.

As far as the pricing of the Core X processors is concerned, the Core X family would start with Core i5-7640X processor that would cost $242.

Alongside the Core i9 chips, Intel has also announced a few other 8th generation processors including Core i7 and Core i5.

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.

Skylake-X also introduced the latest revision of the Turbo Boost Max 3 feature that was included on the last-generation Broadwell-E high-end desktop (HEDT) chips. For the sake of comparison, the i7-7700K featured the same boost speed, but a slightly lower base speed at 4.2 GHz.

Intel just announced a new range of Core X desktop processors at an event today. United Kingdom pricing has yet to be confirmed, with Intel setting U.S. pricing for the 18-core Core i9 Extreme Edition at $1,999 (around £1,554 excluding taxes). The 4-core models are based on Intel's Kaby Lake architecture, while the other models are based on the company's Skylake design. It's unlikely that many would go the 18-core route anyway, so the main battleground will likely be the mid-range arena.

Intel's branding for the Core i9 and X-series parts is, however, slightly muddled. The company didn't really say then what the improvements were going to be but it did claim a 15 percent performance improvement over the existing 7th Generation of Core processors. The Extreme Edition of the Core i9 has a whopping 18 cores and 16 threads.

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