Computex 2017: Intel’s Core i9 X-series processors pack extreme power, and incredible price

Arif Bacchus

The announcements from Computex 2017 are continuing to roll in from Taipei, Taiwan. American multinational corporation and technology company Intel is joining in on the fun, by announcing the next generation Intel Core i9 X-series processors.

The new Intel Core X-Series processors are being called “the ultimate desktop platform,” and they deliver “extreme mega-tasking power” for enthusiasts and creators. The affordable $242 i5 7640X version of the X-series processors start with 4 cores, and the range also goes all the way up to the top of the line “extreme core” $1,999 i9 7980XE, with 18 cores and 36 threads.

There are various X series processors for mainstream performance, unlocked performance, and extreme performance. The most powerful of the chips run on Intel’s new x299 chipset, and you can see the full pricing and variations of these new processors in the graphic below.

Intel X series processors

All chips feature Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.o, which is able to identify the two top performing cores and direct critical workloads to those cores for a big jump in single- or multithreaded performance. Intel’s Gregory Bryant described the power of these chips in a recent press release.

The Intel Core X-series processor family introduces a series of firsts that reflect the extreme performance we are delivering…. We’re also introducing the entirely new Intel Core i9 processor, representing the highest performance for advanced gaming, VR and content creation. At the top of the lineup is the new Intel Core  i9 Extreme Edition processor – the first consumer desktop CPU with 18 cores and 36 threads…. This is by far the most extreme desktop processor ever introduced. With such a wide range of options and price points to match, the new Intel Core X-series processor family delivers the most scalable and accessible desktop platform for the enthusiast community.

There is no word on when these new chips will be released to the public, but reports show that Intel has said that the new chips have a 30% performance boost over previous generations. You can read up on these Intel chips and learn more by checking out the following PDF files from Intel.