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Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Intel unveils the rest of the Core i9 X-series family

Intel unveils the rest of the Core i9 X-series family

Strategically, Intel's rollout is important given a resurgence by long-time rival AMD. While Intel had revealed pricing for all three processors when the Core X-Series was officially announced in May, final specs weren't available at the time. The TDP is kept at 165W and, as with all i9 CPUs, offers support for 44 PCI-E 3.0 lanes.

Coming to the individual chipsets, the 7920X has a base clock speed of 2.9 GHz and comes with 12 cores and 24 threads.

We'll get more news about Intel's 8th-generation CPUs, code-named "Coffee Lake", later this month.

Combining this table with the above slide from Intel, most of the higher end Core i9 parts don't give up more than 100MHz at any given core load compared to lower tier models. Since the Core i5 series will come with more cores and threads than what we were used to, maybe the upcoming Core i3 series will receive the same treatment. That matches or exceeds the stock clockspeeds for AMD's Threadripper 1950X, which was nearly certainly the point Intel wanted to make. Intel has finally announced about their new core i9 processor at Computex 2017. Intel chips haven't seen a performance leap like that in years. However, Intel may yet surprise us with some tweaks.

Compare that to the AMD Threadripper 1950X which boasts of 16 cores but is priced a much more affordable $999. The 14-, 16-, and 18-core versions have the highest power draw at 165 watts.

Sporting a base CPU clock speed of 2.6Ghz with the potential to boost up to 4.2GHz courtesy of Intel's TurboBoost 2.0 technology, the 32-thread equipped processor is aimed at handling very demanding tasks, such as processor intensive 4K content creation and running graphics-hungry virtual reality applications. Now we know when these updated chips will hit market, and Intel has pulled the dates in from even the October launches we expected earlier this summer. The Core i9-7940X, Core i9-7960X, and Core i9-7980XE will be available starting September 25.

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