Intel introduces Core i9 processor with 18 cores at Computex

The Core i7 X-Series range from a $339, 4-core / 8-thread model to a $599 10-core / 20-thread chip.

As far as the pricing is concerned, the Core X family starts with the Core i5-7640X at $242. It's the spearhead for a new line of chips for enthusiasts known as the Core X-series, which also come in 10, 12 14 and 16-core flavours if you want to save a few quid.

The users have a range of options to choose from like the Core i5-7640X having 4-core to Core i5-7640X that has 10-cores. And speaking of Turbo Boost 3.0, its performance has also been improved in the new Extreme Edition chips to increase both single and dual-core speeds.

Today at Computex, Intel announced their new next generation of Core X processors.

Most of Intel's high-end CPUs have stuck to the quad-core design for years, but now Intel is bringing out the big guns to compete with AMD's new Ryzen chips with their multitude of cores.

All the Core i9 CPU's will also be part of Intel's new X series.

This is in addition to the 18-core Core i9 Extreme CPU.

Intel Tuesday lifted the curtain on its new Core X platform of processors, a lineup that includes what it called "the most extreme desktop processor ever introduced", at the Taipei-based Computex conference.

Intel is to release its first 18-core processor, a "teraflop-speed" chip aimed at high-end home desktops and workstations. In part, the i9-7980XE seems created to allow Intel to hold onto its multi-core crown in the desktop space, however Intel has not revealed when the part will be available.

It was not too long ago when Intel introduced its Kaby Lake line of processors. The Core i5 variant will run at a slightly lower 4GHz with a boost clock of 4.2GHz and does not support HyperThreading. The processor boosts the updated Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0 and will have the processing frequency of 4.5GHz.

The Core X-Series is rightfully getting all the press this morning, as Intel is finally taking advantage of the true versatility of the PC architecture and offering enthusiasts what they've been clamoring for for years.

The company said that in its latest testing of Coffee Lake, it's "seeing a performance improvement of more than 30 percent" compared with the current generation, based on a SYSmark benchmark.

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