Intel just brought some amazing news for gaming enthusiasts and serious content makers – the Core X-Line series. We all thought after the AMD Ryzen processor, Threadripper, introduced its 16-core processor, computers just couldn’t get better. Well, the jokes clearly on us because Intel just accepted the challenge by releasing its monster processors line. The Core X-series is diverse: it will feature 4-cores, 4-threads, $242 processors with the Core i5 model as well as the giant Core i9, $1999 18-cores, 36-threads processor.
Starting from the most affordable, lightest Intel Core X processor, the Core i5-7640X, offers 4 cores and 4 threads clocked at 4 GHz. It is priced at US $242. However the price increases as the variant changes from Core i5 to Core i7. The Core i7 X-series have variable prices too, from $400 to $600 with 4-cores/8-threads and 8-cores/16-threads respectively.
Let’s not forget the biggest processor model of all time – the Core i9. Targeted primarily for the more professional customers, the Core i9 range has 3.3 GHz base speeds, and a 4.5 GHz Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0. The price of the Core i9 X-series starts from a decent $999 to a whopping $1999, the $1999 model being the Intel Extreme.
Speaking of the Intel Extreme, this processor chip in particular has turned heads across the tech world. The Intel Extreme, or the i9-7980XE, features an 18-core, 36-thread processor which is definitely ahead of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper with only 16-cores. The Intel Extreme is designed to handle multitasking, multi-threading and overclocking. With the advancements the new chip offers, the Intel Extreme might be one of the most sought-after high-end processor chip by serious gamers and professional content makers.
The Intel Core X-series is designed to work with Intel’s X299 motherboard which is the latest of its kind and has still not officially launched yet. The motherboard is speculated to be released along with the X-series in the coming week.
All of the chips in the Core X-series are built on the Skylake X which is the latest, updated version of Intel’s sixth generation Skylake platform. Before the Skylake, Intel employed the Kaby Lake architecture in its processors, and surprisingly the company hasn’t completely abandoned it yet. The Kaby Lake architecture, known as the Kaby Lake X for the Core X-series, is used in the lower end, 4-core models of the family, namely the i5-7640X and the i7-7740X.
The Intel Core X-Series presents a promising development in the world of the CPU. The company itself claims, according to The Verge, that the new X-Series will offer 10 percent faster multithread performance over the previous generation, and 15 percent faster single thread.
Intel has not only announced the new X-Series but has also teased about the eighth generation Intel chipset, which is currently codenamed the Coffee Lake, however no update or news on the Coffee Lake series has been given but one thing is for sure, the CPU wars are definitely on. With the AMD Ryzen Threadripper falling just a little behind the 18-core Intel processor model, we can expect the competition to only heat up even more from here on out.