Intel is going head-on against its primary market rival, AMD, with a refreshed set of high-end desktop CPUs. The top of the line Core i9 Extreme Edition processor boasts a whopping 18 cores and comes unlocked for overclocking.
The Extreme Core i9-7980XE is also accompanied by slightly less powerful X-series processors. The Core i5, i7 and i9 X-series processors are also powerful alternatives to its AMD counterparts. All the new processors use Intel’s new X299 architecture, which "adds even more I/O and overclocking capabilities”.
The Core i5 X-series processor has 4 cores and a base clock frequency of 4 GHz, while the i7 X-series processors start at 4 cores and go till 16 cores. The baseline Core i9 processor has 10 cores and a base clock speed of 3.3 GHz. The chart below explains it all:
With these powerful processors, Intel is making access to Virtual Reality better, and supporting high performance gaming, film production and other creative applications.
Intel is also supposed to announce the 8th Gen Intel Core processors in the near future, but the company has hinted that these will be as much as 30% faster than the 7th Gen processors.
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