Intel finally shares 18-core Extreme Edition CPU specs

Intel finally shares 18-core Extreme Edition CPU specs

Intel finally shares 18-core Extreme Edition CPU specs

You could learn more about Intel's Core X-Series processor family here and their secondary announcement today regarding new SSD form factors here.

Intel says its 12-core CPU will launch on August 28 with 14-, 16- and 18-core processors set to arrive a month later on September 25. But this means that it's the speeds and feeds in the in-between spaces between maximum dual-core clock and base clock that matter the most for overall performance.

Next in the list is the Core i9-7940X which is a 14-core / 28-thread CPU with 19.25MB of L3 cache, 44 PCIe lanes and a base clock of 3.1GHz (Boost up to 4.3GHz) for $1,399. That's accompanied by 24.75MB of L3 cache, 44 PCIe lanes, and a 165W TDP (the 10-core i9-7900K has a 140W TDP).

The second most powerful CPU is the i9-7960X, with an MSRP of US$1,699.

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These are all unlocked processors, meaning buyers will be able to try and push clockspeeds higher than Intel's official specifications.

The cream of the crop, as you've no doubt heard, is the Core i9-7980XE, an Extreme Edition chip packing a whopping 18 cores and 36 threads.

But the above slide only gives the base and maximum Turbo Boost clockspeeds. Most modern PC games are great at utilizing four CPU cores, with only a select few actually taking advantage of any more than that.

The 12-core/24-thread Core i9-7920X will be an impressive beast too. Given that it has 18-cores to keep cool, it was expected that the Core i9-7980XE would come up with the short straw with regards to clock speeds. In that report I had noted that Apple is designing a new modular desktop that is likely to run a wider range of Intel processors in the next year or two, with this year's current iMac line-up being limited to only Intel Core i5 processors for mid-market players. That matches or exceeds the stock clockspeeds for AMD's Threadripper 1950X, which was nearly certainly the point Intel wanted to make. Intel couldn't allow its mighty HEDT to be humbled by AMD so it announced the new models and their prices but glossed over the clock speeds. Multitasking becomes extreme mega-tasking with simultaneous, compute-intensive, multithreaded workloads aligned in goal, powered by up to 18 cores and 36 threads.

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