Intel Turns Up The Dial To Core i9

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Intel Turns Up The Dial To Core i9

But it's not over yet: Intel has a new line of CPUs of their own, starting with Skylake-X in June this year. This could be the company's response after the highly affordable Ryzen processors started nearly breaking the market with its high performance and nearly unbeatable prices. Although there is no news about the pricing of these chipsets, Intel is expected to keep the prices competitive considering the stiff competition from Ryzen. As noted, the Skylake-X lineup will include four SKUs, the 12-core Core i9-7920X, 10-core Core i9-7900X, 8-core Core i9-7820X and the 6-core Core i9-7800X.

Let's start from the bottom up. The core clocks are maintained at 3.3 GHz base, 4.3 GHz boost with Intel Turbo 2.0 and 4.5 GHz boost with Intel Turbo 3.0.

TechCrunch suggested that users will only be able to use it in a desktop computer, and that the price could climb to over $1,000 for the Core i9 CPU.

The Core i9-7800X is the most affordable Skylake X option of the four. Some leaks say they could go up to 160W, which is a bit worrisome without some serious cooling mechanism. It will also feature 16.5MB of L3 cache and 44 PCIe Lanes.

The 7900X processor reportedly has a base frequency of 3.3GHz, reaching 4.3GHz with Intel's Turbo 2.0 Boost Max technology for limited numbers of cores and 4.5GHz with Turbo 3.0 for single-threaded workloads. The chip carries 11 MB of L3 cache and will feature 28 PCI-e Gen 3.0 lanes as the processor is going to feature a TDP of 140W. Its clock starts ticking at 4.3 GHz and it stops at 4.5 GHz after overclock.

The Intel Core i9-7820X will feature 8 CPU cores, will support Hyper Threading, will come with 11MB of L3 cache, 28 PCIe Lanes, will be clocked at 3.6Ghz and will be turbo-boosted at 4.5Ghz (via the new Turbo-Clock 3.0 tech that it will support).

The chip will be clocked at 3.6 GHz base, 4.3 GHz boost with Turbo 2.0 and 4.5 GHz base with Turbo 3.0.

The specifications of the flagship 12-core Core i9-7920X are still unknown but it should pack 16.5MB of L3 cache and will definitely be the fastest Intel Core CPU on the market, judging by the known specifications.

Almost a decade ago, Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) introduced a new branding scheme for its personal computer processors - a standard "good, better, best" scheme. However, there's no telling yet whether it would have a higher base clock value than the 10-core i9-7900X model.

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