Just yesterday, we reported leaks about Intel Core i9 7980XE flagship Skylake CPU from Intel. And lo and behold! Intel has today launched monster CPUs – CPUs that will directly tackle AMD’s Ryzen 9 Threadripper. Intel has introduced the most powerful, most scalable desktop processors ever. The new Intel Core X-series processor family is the ultimate desktop platform, delivering “extreme mega-tasking power for today’s demanding enthusiasts and creatives”.

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Intel introduces Core X-series: Monster Core i9 7980XE 18-Core CPU unveiled

Intel Core X-series processors feature the updated Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, which improves single and dual core performance. Intel claims the Core X-series processor family provides the ideal platform for editing and rendering high-resolution 4K and VR video and effects, with support for fast video transcode, image stabilization, 3D effects rendering and animation.


Intel has specifically mentioned about overclocking features in the New Intel Core X-series processor family. The new overclocking features include Intel Advanced Vector Extension-512 (AVX-512) ratio offset, Memory controller trim voltage control, PEG/DMI overclocking with continued support for per-core overclocking, per-core voltage and enhanced memory overclocking.

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Desktop Family for Enthusiast Experiences

While Intel’s 7th Gen Core i5 and Core i7 7th Gen processors are mainly targeted at mainstream performance, the new X-series – Core i5, Core i7, Core i9 and Core i9 Extreme are targeted at Extreme Performance. Here are the main features –

  • 7980XE/7960X/7940X/ 7920X/7900X/7820X/7800X/7740X/7640X
  • Core options: 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, and 4
  • Up to 44 PCIe lanes
  • Up to four memory channels unlocked
  • Updated Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0
    Intel® Optane™ memory ready and support for Intel Optane SSDs.

The Core i9 7980XE is Intel’s unbeatable flagship Skylake-X Processor, featuring 18 cores and 36 threads. It’s priced at $1999 and will most likely be an overkill for gaming. But the powerful top-notch processor will be ideal for content creators who wish to get the maximum throughput, especially when it comes to compute-intensive tasks like rendering. The new Turbo Boost Max 3.0 technology will boost the clock up to a whopping 4.5GHz! The chip comes with 18MB L2 cache and 24.75MB of L3 cache and features quad channel DDR4 up to 2666 MHz.

Intel Core X Core i9 Processor Family Specs –

Intel Core i9-7980XEIntel Core i9-7960XIntel Core i9-7940XIntel Core i9-7920XIntel Core i9-7900XIntel Core i7-7820XIntel Core i7-7800XIntel Core i7-7740XIntel Core i5-7640X
CPU Process14nm+14nm+14nm+14nm+14nm+14nm+14nm+14nm+14nm+
Base ClockTBDTBDTBDTBD3.3 GHz3.6 GHz3.5 GHz4.3 GHz4.0 GHz
Boost Clock (Turbo Boost 2.0)TBDTBDTBDTBD4.3 GHz4.3 GHz4.0 GHz4.5 GHz4.2 GHz
Boost Clock (Turbo Boost Max 3.0)4.5 GHz4.5 GHz4.5 GHz4.5 GHz4.5 GHz4.5 GHzN/AN/AN/A
L3 Cache24.75 MB22 MB19.25 MB16.5 MB13.75 MB11 MB8.25 MB8 MB6 MB
L2 Cache18 MB16 MB14 MB12 MB10 MB8 MB6 MB4 MB4 MB
Memory SupportQuad Channel DDR4-2666Quad Channel DDR4-2666Quad Channel DDR4-2666Quad Channel DDR4-2666Quad Channel DDR4-2666Quad Channel DDR4-2666Quad Channel DDR4-2666Two Channel DDR4-2666Two Channel DDR4-2666
PCIe LanesTBDTBDTBD444428281616
Socket TypeLGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066
Price$1999 US$1699 US$1399 US$1189 US$999 US$599 US$389 US$369 US$242 

Source: Intel News Room (PDF)

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