Intel has announced the specifications its 12 to 18 core processor series: Intel Core i9-7920X, Core i9-7940X, Core i9-7960X and the Extreme Edition Core i9-7980XE processors. First announced at Computex 2017, the Intel Core X-series processor family is claimed to be the most powerful high-end desktop platform offered by Intel. These processors are made to deliver performance demands for virtual reality (VR), content creation, gaming and overclocking.
The 12-core Intel Core X-series processor will be available starting on August 28 while the 14 to 18 core Intel Core X-series processors will be available starting September 25.
The Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor features 18 cores and 36 threads and can be scaled across 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, and 4-core options. The Intel X299 chipset offers with improved I/O capabilities along with LGA 2066 socket for Intel Core X-series processor family. Intel Optane memory support offers additional system performance along with up to 68 lanes of PCIe 3.0 on the platform to expand with fast SSDs and multiple discrete graphics cards.
Intel is claiming up to 15 percent faster multithread performance over previous generation and up to 15 percent faster single-thread performance. “Content creators can expect up to 20 percent better performance for VR content creation and up to 30 percent faster 4K video editing3 over the previous generation. Gamers and enthusiasts will experience up to 30 percent faster extreme mega-tasking for gaming over the previous generation,” said Intel while describing the prowess of the new processors.