As our processor needs continue to grow with AI and VR likely to fuel the next round of technology innovation, Intel doesn’t want to get left behind as companies like Apple develop their own bespoke processors. The new Core i9 was announced at Computex, in Taipei, this week and, according to Intel’s Gregory Bryant it delivers the “highest performance for advanced gaming, VR and content creation”.
The Core i9 is part of the new Intel Core X-series processor family. The top-of-the-line Intel Core™ i9 Extreme Edition processor is the first consumer desktop CPU with 18 cores and 36 threads. There are also 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, and 4-core options.
Naturally, the new processors are accompanied by a new socket, the LGA 2066. And there’s also a new chipset, the X299 that helps the new CPUs be all that they can be.
Pricing for the new, entry level Corei5 7640X-X-series processor is currently set at US$242 with the headlining Core i9 7900X X-series processor setting you back a lazy US$999.