Intel Unveils Its New X-Series Chips

Mandy Carr
June 1, 2017

American multinational corporation and technology company Intel is joining in on the fun, by announcing the next generation Intel Core i9 X-series processors. The new CPUs will include Core i5, Core i7, and new Core i9 processors that are meant for the power hungriest.

Newer, faster Intel chips are on the horizon, as Intel is already teasing the not-yet-official eighth-gen "Coffee Lake" Core i-series CPUs, which it hints will be 30 percent faster than the current seventh-gen chips.

If you've been waiting for chips that will let you perform these tasks and you have the budget to spend what amounts to $100 per processor core, you'll want to pore over the product sheets for more on the new Core X lineup. Rounding out the X-Series family are the quad-core i5-7640X and i7 models in 4, 6 and 8-core models.

Don't worry if you think that 18-cores and the associated price tag are a bit much though as Intel is also launching several other Core i9 Extreme Edition CPUs with 10, 12, 14 and 16-Core setups. Reports indicate that the Intel i9 processor would come in many variants. The Threadripper 1998 comes with a 3.2 GHz base clock with an unknown boost speed.

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The new Core i9 gamely steps into that open space.

Intel is also upgrading its Turbo Boost technology on some of the higher end models of the Core X line, with what it calls Turbo Boost Max 3.0. The 4 core models, the i5-7640X and the i7-7740X - are built on Kaby Lake X, while the rest of the range are built on an upgraded Skylake X architecture. The market is a highly lucrative one for chip makers such as Intel and AMD, as those who need these chips are usually willing to shell out big bucks for more powerful computing. That's the same as last year's 10-core CPU, but it's still well above the 91W TDP from Intel's more affordable i7-7700K.

To further cement its relationship with enthusiasts, Intel has also announced an own-branded all-in-one liquid cooling system based around a 120mm radiator. These will become available in the second half of this year, as successors to the now selling 7th generation Core SKUs. The company didn't really say then what the improvements were going to be but it did claim a 15 percent performance improvement over the existing 7th Generation of Core processors.

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