Intel unveils new Core X processor platform

New offering to raise the bar for system builders and is targeted at the high-end enthusiast desktop market

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Intel unveils new Core X processor platform New processor lineup is led by the new Intel Core i9 processor brand, which has up to 18 cores and 36 threads.
By  Manda Banda Published  June 6, 2017

Chip maker Intel, has launched its new Core X processor platform, targeted at the high-end enthusiast desktop market.

Intel's introduction of the new Intel Core X-series processor family is the most scalable, accessible and powerful desktop platform ever and includes the new Core i9 processor brand and Core i9 Extreme Edition processor, the first consumer desktop CPU with 18 cores and 36 threads of power.

The company, which announced Core X at the recent Computex in Taipei, said that its new processor lineup has the capabilities for advanced gaming, virtual reality and content creation.

"I'm proud to announce the new Intel Core X-series processor family: Intel's most scalable, accessible and powerful desktop platform ever," said Gregory Bryant, general manager of Intel's Client Computing Group, in a statement. "Although every enthusiast is different depending on their interests, a common denominator is their hunger for the best performance. Our goal is to always deliver the best performance and, today, we are taking it to the next level."

Intel said that its new Core X lineup packs up to 10% faster multithread performance over its previous generation of chips, offering extreme performance and mega-tasking for gamers in the enthusiast segment. Core X processors also have up to 15% faster single-thread performance over the chips' previous generation, according to Intel.

The company added that its newest processors pack "massive" 36-thread performance and quad-channel memory for content creation and extreme mega-tasking capabilities.

Intel's processor lineup is led by the new Intel Core i9 processor brand, which has up to 18 cores and 36 threads and is targeted at enthusiast customers. Intel's Core i9 Extreme Edition 9-7980XE model starts at $1,999 and is targeted at advanced gaming, virtual reality and content creation.

The Core i9 family has four lower tiers of processors which range from 10-core to 16-core versions with prices from $999 to $1,699, respectively.

Intel also introduced new Core i7 X-series processors, ranging from $339 for a quad-core, eight-thread model to $599 for an eight-core, 16-thread model, and a quad-core Core i5 processor starting at $242.

Intel also introduced its X299 chipset, which the company said has improved I/O capabilities. The X299 also features Intel's new LGA 2066 socket, which it said is compatible with its Core X-series processors.

The vendor said that the Intel X299 chipset supports its recently released Optane memory and provides faster throughput times with DMI 3.0.

According to the chip designer, the X299 chipset will launch in the second quarter of 2017.

As a bonus feature for its new high-end chips, Intel upgraded its Turbo Boost Max Technology to offer a boost in performance for enthusiast systems. With its Turbo Boost Max Technology, Intel said Core X systems can dynamically overclock to higher speeds when necessary. This new upgraded technology allows the chip to identify two top-performing cores as the optimal cores and direct critical workloads to them for a jump in performance.

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