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Old 05-30-2017, 06:34 AM   #1
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Intelís Core i9 Extreme Edition CPU is an 18-core beast

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Last year at Computex, Intel unveiled its first 10-core consumer CPU, the company's move into the world of a "megatasking." It was a pricey chip, launching at around $1,700, but it satisfied the needs for users who needed to juggle several intensive tasks at once. Now, Intel is upping the ante with a whole new family of processors for enthusiasts, the Core X-series, and it's spearheaded by its first 18-core CPU, the i9-7980XE.

Priced at $1,999, the 7980XE is clearly not a chip you'd see in an average desktop. Instead, it's more of a statement from Intel. It beats out AMD's 16-core Threadripper CPU, which was slated to be that company's most powerful consumer processor for 2017. And it gives Intel yet another way to satisfy the demands of power-hungry users who might want to do things like play games in 4K while broadcasting them in HD over Twitch. And as if its massive core count wasn't enough, the i9-7980XE is also the first Intel consumer chip that packs in over a teraflop worth of computing power.



If 18 cores is a bit too rich for you, Intel also has other Core i9 Extreme Edition chips in 10, 12, 14 and 16-core variants. Perhaps the best news for hardware geeks: the 10 core i9-7900X will retail for $999, a significant discount from last year's version.

All of the i9 chips feature base clock speeds of 3.3GHz, reaching up to 4.3GHz dual-core speeds with Turbo Boost 2.0 and 4.5GHz with Turbo Boost 3.0. And speaking of Turbo Boost 3.0, its performance has also been improved in the new Extreme Edition chips to increase both single and dual-core speeds. Rounding out the X-Series family are the quad-core i5-7640X and i7 models in 4, 6 and 8-core models.



While it might all seem like overkill, Intel says its Core i9 lineup was driven by the surprising demand for last year's 10-core chip. "Broadwell-E was kind of an experiment," an Intel rep said. "It sold... Proving that our enthusiast community will go after the best of the best... Yes we're adding higher core count, but we're also introducing lower core counts. Scalability on both ends are what we went after."

As you can imagine, stuffing more cores into a processor leads to some significant heat issues. For that reason, Intel developed its own liquid cooling solution, which will work across these new chips, as well as some previous generations. All of the new Core i9 processors, along with the 6 and 8-core i7 chips, feature scorching hot 140W thermal design points (TDPs), the maximum amount of power that they'll draw. 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.

Over the past few years, Intel's laptop chips have been far more interesting than its desktop CPUs. Partially, that's because the rise of ultraportables and convertible laptops have shifted its focus away from delivering as much computing power as possible, to offering a reasonable amount of processing power efficiently. The new Core i9 X-series processors might not be feasible for most consumers, but for the hardware geeks who treat their rigs like hot rods, they're a dream come true.


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And Mr.Scott said they wouldn't drop their prices to compete
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I can't justify 1k$ for a i9 CPU, but 500$ 1800X vs 600$ 7820X I'll probably still go Intel for that small of a difference.
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When I saw those prices... Wow. $2k for the top chip. Intel's making a statement with that one. "You think your chip is good? Wait until you see this one. BAM - $2k to get in the door".
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And Mr.Scott said they wouldn't drop their prices to compete
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I can't justify 1k$ for a i9 CPU, but 500$ 1800X vs 600$ 7820X I'll probably still go Intel for that small of a difference.
They didn't drop any prices. These are new products.
Go ahead a buy that Intel.....with twice the power usage and heat of the equivalent Ryzen processor.

FWIW, 16c/32t Threadripper is supposed to go for under 1K.
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You really think they would have priced the 8c at 600$ if they hadn't released Ryzen? I don't.

I ain't worried about TDP, I do hope they've got any mobo stuff ironed out though by the time they release threadripper as I said in the other thread its still a solid option.

I'm waiting another couple months for my build regardless still don't think I could drop that much on the CPU even if it was 16c.
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With 10+ cores you think CPU folding might become a thing again?
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They didn't drop any prices. These are new products.
Go ahead a buy that Intel.....with twice the power usage and heat of the equivalent Ryzen processor.

FWIW, 16c/32t Threadripper is supposed to go for under 1K.
Has AMD really made that much of a gain with Ryzen? I haven't heard anything definitive visa vi performance/power consumption compared to intels iX line up.
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With 10+ cores you think CPU folding might become a thing again?
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Has AMD really made that much of a gain with Ryzen? I haven't heard anything definitive visa vi performance/power consumption compared to intels iX line up.
Power consumption is less than comparable Intel products.
Performance trades blows depending on what you're doing.
Pricing is in AMD's favor for sure.
Things are going to get more interesting in the coming months.
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Power consumption is less than comparable Intel products.
Performance trades blows depending on what you're doing.
Pricing is in AMD's favor for sure.
Things are going to get more interesting in the coming months.
Especially with that 64 pcie lane announcement on the threadripper **** .
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