Computex 2017 Consumer Tech News

Intel takes the wraps off its 18-core extreme edition Core i9 CPU at Computex 2017

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Leading American chipmaker, Intel pays no heed to competition and is only out there on the battlefield to eliminate them. The same has been reiterated as the company has taken to the stage at Computex in Taipei to take the wraps off its newest range of extremely powerful processors. This family of processors have been dubbed the ‘Core X-series’ and are being touted to be the “most scalable, accessible and powerful desktop platform ever”.

This new subset of processors is aimed at enthusiasts and power-hungry users who need to juggle between multiple tasks at once. It is also the chipset series, which sees Intel up the ante against its arch-rivals, with the unveiling of the first 18-core consumer desktop processor until date. This 36-thread microprocessor takes a major step ahead of AMD’s 16-core, 32-thread Threadripper, which was launched earlier this year.

The Threadripper was being touted as the company’s most powerful consumer processor of this year but that’s no longer the case, courtesy of Intel’s revolutionary chip technology. The Core i9 Extreme Edition is now the most powerful desktop processor, which has been made capable of handling the highest performance for streaming 4K movies, VR/AR and content creation. Talking about the whole processor range, Gregory Bryant, corporate VP and GM of the Client Computing Group at Intel said:

This is by far the most extreme desktop processor ever introduced. With such a wide range of options and price points to match, the new Intel Core X-series processor family delivers the most scalable and accessible desktop platform for the enthusiast community.

Intel is not only introducing the 18-core consumer processor to attract enthusiasts and graphic-intensive workers — a rather niche market. The chipmaker is also debuting a slew of Core i9 Extreme Edition desktop chips, including 10, 12, 14 and 16-core variants. And you wouldn’t have to shell out around $2,000 bucks to get your hands on one of these. The 10-core i9-7900X processor would retail at $999, which is half the price we’re paying for the overclocked ‘extreme’ desktop chip.

In addition, Intel has also upgraded the complementary technologies that work together with the extra cores to deliver an extreme experience. A new Intel x299 chipset is being added to the processors to boost the present I/O and overclocking capabilities.

All the aforementioned Core i9 chips have a base clock speed of 3.3 GHz, which can potentially be over-clocked to massive 4.3GHz dual-core speeds with Turbo Boost 2.0 and 4.5GHz with Turbo Boost 3.0 — an update to which has been announced alongside the unveiling of these Core i9 chips. Turbo Boost 3.0 has been upgraded to better both single and dual-core speeds by directing critical workloads to two top performing cores.

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