Intel is undoubtedly the leader when it comes to desktop processors. The latest addition to the company’s portfolio is the new Core X-series that the company has just announced. With the release of this new series, the company has introduced the Core i9 series of processors.
The Core X-series is based on the new X299/LGA2066 “Basin Falls” platform. The Core X-series has 9 different products, five of these products have been announced today and the remaining 4 will be unveiled at a later date. With this new series, consumers will have the option of choosing from 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 cores. Almost all these models will have Intel’s Hyper-Threading.
The 9 different processors that Intel is unveiling are split into Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X. The Core i5-7640X and the Core i7-7740X are the two Kaby Lake-X parts at the bottom of the pack.
Starting with the Intel Core i5-7640X, it has 4 cores but no Hyper-Threading. It’s base speed is 4.0 GHz but can get to 4.2GHz with Turbo Boost. Some other specs you will be getting with this processor include 6MB L3 cache, 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes and two-channel DDR4-2666 memory support. It’s price is set at $242.
The Core i7-7740X on the other hand has 4 cores and 8 threads with Hyper-Threading. Its base speed is 4.3GHz but Turbo Boosts to 4.5GHz. Additional specs include 8MB L3 cache, 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes, and two-channel DDR4-2666 memory support with pricing set at $339.
Now to the Skylake-X series with the first one being the Core i7-7740X. This comes with 6 cores and 12 threads with Hyper-Threading and a base speed of 3.5GHz that Turbo Boosts to 4.0GHz. Additional specs include 8.25MB L3 cache, 28 PCIe 3.0 lanes, and four-channel DDR4-2400 memory support with price set at $389.
The Core i7-7820X on the other hand has 8 cores with 16 threads and Hyper-Threading. Its base speed is 3.6GHz and Turbo Boosts to 4.3GHz and supports Intel Turbo Boost 3.0. With this processor, there is 11MB L3 cache, 28 PCIe 3.0 lanes, and four-channel DDR4-2666 memory support. It is priced at $599.
The last one in this list is the Core i9 7900X that has 10 cores and 20 threads with Hyper-Threading. Its base speed is 3.3 GHz with 4.3GHz Turbo Boost 2.0 and 4.5 Turbo Boost 3.0 clock speeds. You als get 13.75MB L3 cache, 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes, and four-channel DDR4-2666 memory support. Price is set at $999.
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