Intel releases complete specifications of its new Core X-series HEDT processors

  • Intel releases complete specifications of its new Core X-series HEDT processors

Intel releases complete specifications of its new Core X-series HEDT processors

Strategically, Intel's rollout is important given a resurgence by long-time rival AMD. The Core i9 CPUs appeal to a relatively small target audience of professionals and "prosumers" who frequently run CPU-heavy applications and play games simultaneously. It looks like that slide was correct as Intel has now shared it with a press release about the upcoming launch its remaining HEDT processors, including the $1999, 18-core/36-thread i9-7980XE.

While AMD's comparable offering, the Threadripper 1950X will have just two cores less, it is priced a full $1,000 less that the top of the line Core i9.

The most powerful Core X-series processor is the beastly 18-core i9-7980XE.

Intel's Core i9-7980X tops out the family of HEDTs and will cost a whopping $2000. The chips for high-end desktops are expected to be released starting this week. Gamers and enthusiasts will experience up to 30 percent faster extreme mega-tasking for gaming over the previous generation. This is thanks to support for a new and improved version of the company's TurboBoost 3.0 technology in certain SKUs, as well as improvements to its caching. It also has 44 PCIe lanes off of the chip.

The higher 7960X has a clock speed of 2.8 GHz which is lower than its lesser capable siblings but boasts of 16 cores and 32 threads.

When Apple first unveiled its new iMac Pro machine at its Worldwide Developers Conference back in June, the company said the new pro desktop would offer next-generation Intel Xeon processors up to 18 cores, but it didn't elaborate on specific options or models that would be available. These claims will be verified on stage by Intel execs, VR creators, and imaging pros using PC system powered by the new 8th Gen Intel Core processors.

Another eye-catching announcement was the unveiling of a whole new subset of Intel processors - the Core i9 family. Compared to older CPUs, new Xeon designs have more cores that reflect on the chip's maximum dual-core frequencies.