Intel Debuts 18-Core, 36-Thread Processor

Francis Harris
May 31, 2017

Reports indicate that the Intel i9 processor would come in many variants. It's priced at a reasonable $242. While Intel has long dominated the CPU space, AMD's consistent investment and efforts into newer mind-blowing architectures are prompting Intel to do a reality check now.As for the Core i9? It'll retail for $339, which is only a little more than current i7 CPUs.

In addition to the 18-core flagship, there are four other members of the Core i9 family, including the Core i9-7960X, i9-7940X, i9-7920X, and i9-7900X which have 16, 14, 12, and 10 cores, respectively. The Intel Core i7 X-series starts with 4 cores and 8 threads and goes all the way up to 10 cores and 20 threads. Of course, all of this power comes at a price and, in the case of the i9 Extreme Edition, that price is $1,999. Occupying the very top spot in Intel's consumer portfolio, this beast of a chip tops out at 18 cores and 32 threads, with Teraflop performance and a $2,000 pricetag. The company has been equally as hot on the hardware side and has built on that with its just-announced Core X-series.

Generally, the company's "extreme" processors are based on the previous generation's architecture, but this new line bucks the trend somewhat by offering two Kaby Lake-based chips in addition to processors based on the preceding Skylake architecture. While its chips might not be as powerful and the name not quite as prestigious, we believe that the lower price point will be enough to sway many consumers.

The chip will square off against AMD's upcoming Threadripper CPU, which will be part of the company's Ryzen desktop line. Anyone who needs to edit large images or videos might also be tempted to grab one of Intel's new many-core CPUs.


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

"The unlocked Intel Core X-Series processors are created to scale to your performance needs by using the two fastest cores at higher frequencies and up to 18 cores when extreme mega-tasking is required", the microprocessor giant notes.

For gamers, the new capabilities enable them to play games whilst also streaming, recording and encoding their gameplay that they can share on social media. Some, like the 7820X, could prove quite attractive, although the smaller chips in the lineup, such as the quad-cores, might struggle to do battle with AMD's 8-core Ryzen 7 1700 and 1700X in multi-threaded workloads.

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