Intel just announced a new range of Core X desktop processors at an event today. The new Core X desktop processors are said to be improved versions of the current Core i5 and Core i7 models.
Besides, the company also announced a new top-end Core i9 processor tailor-made for hardcore PC gamers featuring 18 cores and 36 threads. The new Core X range of processors are primarily targeted at gamers and professionals, as they can meet demands of modern day games and get the ability to run these titles at max resolutions.
Also, Intel says these processors are designed to run multiple creative applications which come in real handy for content creators.
Announced at Computex, the new Core X range starts at $242 with the Core i5-7640X featuring 4 cores and 4 threads. The Core i7 model comes in two options. The base Core i7 chip starts at $339 featuring 4 cores and 8 threads, while the high-end Core i7 model boasts an 8-core/16 thread architecture and gets a price tag of $599.
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.
The star of the show happens to be the Core i9 Extreme processor at $1999, which Intel claims is the first desktop processor to pack 18-cores and 36-threads.
“This is by far the most extreme desktop processor ever introduced. With such a wide range of options and price points to match, the new Intel Core X-series processor family delivers the most scalable and accessible desktop platform for the enthusiast community,” said Intel.
The new Core X desktop range of processors are designed to work with Intel’s latest X299 motherboard, which the company says will be available in the coming weeks. It’s also worth noting that the Core X range is built using the updated version of Intel’s Skylake platform, simply referred to as the Skylake X. While the low-end i5-7640X and the i7-7740X models are built on Kaby Lake X.
Intel also announced the Turbo Boost Max 3.0 for its new Core X range – an upgrade to its existing Turbo Boost technology to ensure that each core is able to deliver maximum performance.
Finally, the company also shed light on some of the details of its forthcoming chipsets, known internally as Coffee Lake. According to Intel, its next-generation chips should deliver a 30 percent improved performance over Kaby Lake.