As we sort of expected (more wished for), Intel revealed its new hardcore Core X series of desktop processors at Computex earlier today. The Core i9 is the baddest in the family.
There’s a healthy list of new chips, so it’s best to look at this chart first:
That’s right: There are currently nine models in the lineup, ranging from a pumped-up Core i5-7640X processor with four cores and four threads, to a Core i9-7980XE with — get this — 18 cores and 36 threads, which is the first of its kind.
While the sole Core i5 unit is decently priced at $242, the highest-end Core i9 costs a monstrous amount of $1,999. Naturally, they all support DDR4 RAM and the LGA 2066 socket of the simultaneously launched X299 motherboard chipset of Intel.
These are all targeted at PC enthusiasts, in case you haven’t figured it out yet. And if you’re wondering, all processors listed are under the Skylake X banner, except for the Core i5-7640X and Core i7-7740X — those are part of the newer Kaby Lake X generation.
Rollout will be happening gradually. We’re sure only the most dedicated of gamers, overclockers, and streamers who multitask like crazy will invest in the upper end of this set.