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Intel shares specifications on the rest of its Core i9 X-series family

By Shawn Knight ยท 6 replies
Aug 7, 2017
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  1. Got a case of the Mondays? Perhaps Intel can help. The chipmaker today announced specifications for its upcoming 12-, 14-, 16- and 18-core CPUs that help make up the Core X-Series processor family.

    Prior to today’s announcement, Intel had only revealed full information up to its Core i9-7900X – a 10-core / 20-thread chip with a base clock speed of 3.3GHz that’ll retail for $999. We’ve known for a few months now what the rest of the lineup would look like but official details are just now being shared.

    The cream of the crop, as you’ve no doubt heard, is the Core i9-7980XE, an Extreme Edition chip packing a whopping 18 cores and 36 threads. This 165W TDP part carries a base clock speed of 2.6GHz, a Turbo Boost frequency of 4.2GHz, support for 44 PCIe lanes and a generous 24.75MB of L3 cache.

    You’ll have to pay to play, however, as the Core I9-7980XE carries a steep MSRP of $1,999.

    Stepping down a notch, we’ve got the Core i9-7960X. This chip has 16 cores / 32 threads with a base clock of 2.8GHz, a Turbo frequency of 4.2GHz and 22MB of L3 cache. It, too, offers 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes and carries a TDP of 165W. Expect to pay $1,699 for the opportunity.

    Next in the list is the Core i9-7940X which is a 14-core / 28-thread CPU with 19.25MB of L3 cache, 44 PCIe lanes and a base clock of 3.1GHz (Boost up to 4.3GHz) for $1,399. Last but certainly not least is the Core i9-7920X, a 12-core / 24-thread part with a base clock speed of 2.9GHz that can Boost to 4.3GHz, 44 PCIe lanes and 16.5MB of L3 cache that’ll set you back $1,199.

    Intel says its 12-core CPU will launch on August 28 with 14-, 16- and 18-core processors set to arrive a month later on September 25.

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  2. enemys

    enemys TS Maniac Posts: 180   +175

    Maaan, these CPUs are gonna toast themselves even quicker than they can compute.
     
    namesrejected likes this.
  3. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,527   +1,987

    The very low base clocks tell us a pretty interesting story about power usage, temps and OC potential.
     
  4. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,129   +2,420

    IMO, way overpriced.
     
  5. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Guru Posts: 398   +302

    Yea, they might as well put a turbo boost of 6GHz because the toothpaste Intel uses as a TIM will insure you never get above base clock speed.
     
    JaredTheDragon likes this.
  6. JaredTheDragon

    JaredTheDragon TS Guru Posts: 621   +398

    It's almost as though Intel doesn't bother to read TechSpot. AMD is just murdering them this year, and good for them. About time.
     
    tomkaten likes this.
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,540   +3,131

    That's hard to believe.
     

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