In this episode of our weekly tech podcast we talk about our three reviews this week, a Ducati-themed PC build, Zen 2, Intel Core i9 coming to mainstream and mobile, and much more!
- CES 2018
Intel's Core i9 mobile processor family could bring the highest level of 6-core "Coffee Lake" desktop processor performance to the mobile platform. Intel is putting the final touches on the Core i9-8000 series "Coffee Lake-H" processors lineup.
Earlier this week we took a look at Intel's flagship Core-X Series processor, the Core i9-7980XE. Sitting right below it in the Core-X product stack is the Core i9-7960X. It is $300 cheaper and offers two fewer cores at 16 and with HyperThreading that is 32 total threads. The chips runs with a base clock of 2.8 GHz and boosts up to 4.2 GHz with two cores reaching 4.4 GHz with Intel's new Turbo Boost 3.0 technology. On top of that you have 22 MB of L3 cache, the full 44 PCI-Express lanes, and support for quad channel DDR4-2666 memory. While the Core i9-7980XE beat AMD's ThreadRipper parts, this chip is the real comparison as it has the same number of cores. In this review we will explore this 16-core monster chip and see how it compares to many other chips in Intel's Core-X series.
2017 will go down as one of the more interesting years in the CPU market. AMD released their Ryzen CPUs earlier this year and now Intel has the brand new Core X Series, which is solely aimed towards gamers and enthusiast. This high-end desktop (HEDT) series is quite interesting as when completely released there will be a total of nine processors, stating with a quad-core Core i5 ($242) and going all the way up to a 18-core Core i9 ($1999). Another new thing we are seeing here is the Core i9 Series, which is reserved for the highest-end Intel processors. Intel will release five out of the nine Core X Series processors on June 26th, and today we have the Core i9-7900X up for review. This processor right now is the current flagship until the other processors come out, and it is quite a beast! Rocking 10-cores, 20-threads, a 3.3 GHz base clock, max Turbo Boost 3.0 of 4.5 GHz, 13.75 MB of cache, 44 PCI-Express lanes, and a TDP of 140 watts. You get all of this for $999. Let's jump in and see what the i9-7900X is all about!
Intel announced their Core X Series HEDT processors at Computex 2017. We now know the actual release schedule for these processors. The first way of these processors will include two quad-core SKUs, and one each of 6-core, 8-core, and 10-core which will be available from the 2th of June.
When Intel announced their Core-X Series parts they really surprised us by announcing an 18-core, 38-thread monster in the Core i9-7980XE. Well it seems that consumers will not be able to get their hands on this $1999 processor till at least 2017, if not early 2018.
We reported just the other day that Intel will be releasing a Core i9 Series of HEDT processors and it looks like today we have the first leaked benchmarks. The leaked benchmarks come from a 10-core as well as a 12-core Intel Skylake-X processors.
It looks like Intel is putting the touches on a new line of high-end desktop (HEDT) processors which will fall under a new Core i9 brand extension. Up until now Intel has used the Core i7 brand for its HEDT processors as well as many parts in its mainstream desktop segment.