Intel's Core i9 Extreme Edition CPU is an 18-core beast

Guillermo Lane
June 1, 2017

The chip maker added that the new processor family includes a number of firsts, such as its first teraflop desktop CPUs.

Intel also argued that the new 8th generation processor will have 30 % more performance boost over the 7th generation core processor.

"At the top of the lineup is the new Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor - the first consumer desktop CPU with 18 cores and 36 threads".

Aside from the Core i9 X-series processors, more variants for the Core i7 X-series will also be coming, and these ones will be aimed at a more reasonable price range. (Intel claims that the Core X series reaches 10 percent faster multithread performance over the previous generation, and 15 percent faster single thread).

Intel's new X-Series chips replace the current X99 platform and come at a wide price range, from as little as $242 all the way up to $2,000. Or the Intel Core i7-7740X with 4 cores, 8 threads, base frequency of 4.3 Ghz and Boost clock speed of 4.5GHz, 8 MB in cache memory and with a cost of $339 Dollars.


With four cores and 3.5 GHz maximum clock, the Core i5-7400 is the most basic CPU of the new Core i5 seventh-generation series, codenamed Kaby Lake. Instead, the newly announced Intel Core i9 processor will sit on the top. The 4-core models are based on Intel's Kaby Lake architecture, while the other models are based on the company's Skylake design. Anyone who needs to edit large images or videos might also be tempted to grab one of Intel's new many-core CPUs. That's due in part to Intel's improved Turbo Boost technology, which is created to maximize both single-core and dual-core performance by choosing a "favored core" for each processing task.

Most of Intel's high-end CPUs have stuck to the quad-core design for years, but now Intel is bringing out the big guns to compete with AMD's new Ryzen chips with their multitude of cores. The Extreme Edition of the Core i9 has a whopping 18 cores and 16 threads. It offers 18 cores and 36 threads and will cost $1,999. The SKylake-X starts with Core i7-7800X.

In Figure 3 you see the Core i5-7400 processor.

To further cement its relationship with enthusiasts, Intel has also announced an own-branded all-in-one liquid cooling system based around a 120mm radiator.

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