Computex 2017: Intel rediscovers the desktop

Computex 2017: Intel rediscovers the desktop

I expect that the new Skylake-X lineup will reinvigorate enthusiasm in the gaming/PC enthusiast community for Intel's high-end desktop processors and platform after the company had seemingly neglected it for years in favor of its cheaper mainstream desktop platform.

In addition to new chips, Intel introduced its Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, which the company said allows systems to dynamically overclock to higher speeds when necessary.

We've known for a few weeks now that Intel would surpass the current Core i7 line-up with a new Core i9 designation, but today we're learning that the Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition will be taking the pole position as the flagship of Intel's High-End Desktop (HEDT) family. The new CPUs will include Core i5, Core i7, and new Core i9 processors that are meant for the power hungriest.

The X-Series chips plug into the new LGA2066 socket and are created to work with the X299 chipset.

Intel's upcoming 8th generation CPUs are now code-named "Coffee Lake" and during the press briefing, Intel claimed that while engineers were initially planning on a 15 percent performance improvement over 7th gen. Intel also revealed its new Core i9 processor, which it said targets advanced gaming, virtual reality and content creation. The company is now following it up with the Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition, an 18-core/36-thread CPU that will retail later this year for $1,999.

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The Intel Core i9-7820X will feature 8 CPU cores and will support 16 threads, while the Intel Core i9-7900X will feature 10 CPU cores and will support 20 threads.

Intel's accompanying new chipset is built to match the Core-X Series enthusiast aspirations. The i5-7640X and i7-7740X are similar to the existing Kaby Lake models and feature four cores with four or eight threads respectively.

And Bryant promised to share more news on the 8th generation Intel Core Processor "in the future". The Core i9 appears to be the spearhead for a new wave of powerful Intel processors, named the Core X series. This 3.3GHz chip can boost to 4.5GHz, and it supports quad-channel memory.

The top-of-the-line Core i9 series is offered in a choice of four different models, with prices starting at $999 for a 10-core/16-thread chip.to a 16-core/32 thread processor for $1699. With this new upgraded technology, Intel chips can identify two top-performing cores as the optimal cores and direct critical workloads to them for an overall jump in performance.

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