Intel's new X-Series processor family boasts a $1999 18-core CPU

The most expensive chip in the new lineup is the Core i9 Extreme Edition, which is the first consumer desktop CPU with 18 cores and 36 threads. There's the Core i9-7940X with 14 cores and 28 threads. The i3 isn't welcome in what's clearly intended as a high-end family of CPUs.

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 Core i7 model comes in two options.

Also, Intel says these processors are created to run multiple creative applications which come in real handy for content creators. It's priced at a reasonable $242. Intel has unveiled today a new CPU brand called Core X. We also included the Core i5-7600K and the Ryzen 5 1600X, which are CPUs from a higher price range.

The 18-core chip in question is the Intel i9-7980XE. This 7900X chip will retail for $999.

Intel also announced new i7 processors in the Core X-series, including an eight-core chip for $599, a six-core for $389, and four-core for $339. Intel's recommended price for those is $1,199, $1,399, $1,699, and $1,999, respectively. Physics dictates that it's simply impossible to cram any more transistors, even nano-sized ones, onto a piece of silicon so alternative ways to get more computing power have to be found, These include working harder to improve the design of chips and making chips specialised to accelerate particular crucial algorithms.

The chip will square off against AMD's upcoming Threadripper CPU, which will be part of the company's Ryzen desktop line.

Intel also shared more details about its new Compute Card, which it said packs the full capabilities of a computer into a unit the size of a credit card.

There are various X series processors for mainstream performance, unlocked performance, and extreme performance.

"With our partners rolling out new Intel X299 chipset-based motherboards and complete desktop systems, consumers can look forward to getting their hands on the Intel Core X-series processor family in the coming weeks", said Bryant in the statement. Intel's Core i9 Extreme Edition 9-7980XE, which start at $1,999 and is targeted for advanced gaming, virtual reality, and content creation.

The processors once again will need a new socket, 2066-socket, and yes that means that once again you have to purchase a new motherboard.


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