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Intel Core i9: Everything we know about Intel's hypercharged PC processor

Intel’s Core i9 processor is what happens when Intel begins to worry that it might not have the baddest chip on the block. If you’re desperate to know how it performs against AMD’s Threadripper, you’ll want to read up on the latest details on Core i9 speeds— and where’s that 12-core Core i9-7920X, anyway? Supposedly it launched on August 28, but hasn't shown up.
Read on for the speeds, feeds, and prices of the new Core i9 chips, and all the details we have on the underlying technologies. In addition to the new Core i9 specs, we now know how the Core i9 performs as part of our review, and the price and availability of X299 motherboards. We’ll update this post with new information and testing as we receive it.

Basic specs: Clock speed, core count, prices, ship date, power

The processor specs that matter most concern performance. The raw clock speed determines how fast any one thread can be acted upon, while the core and thread counts control how many threads or tasks can be calculated in parallel. The Core i9 series excels in these metrics. But you’ll pay a hefty premium for that talent.
Finally, Intel has announced all of the clock speeds of the Core i9 family. They’re all unlocked, too—ready and waiting to be overclocked. Here’s a summary of the core counts and prices of the Core i9 chips we do know, including clock speeds where available.
Core i9 Extreme Edition:
  • Core i9-7980XE: (2.6GHz, 4.4GHz burst) 18 cores/36 threads, $1,999 
Core i9:
  • Core i9-7960X: (2.8GHz, 4.4GHz burst) 16 cores/32 threads, $1,699
  • Core i9-7940X: (3.1GHz, 4.4GHz burst) 14 cores/28 threads, $1,399
  • Core i9-7920X: (3.1GHz, 4.4GHz burst) 12 cores/24 threads, $1,199
  • Core i9-7900X: (3.3GHz, 4.5GHz burst) 10 cores/20 threads, $999 
Core i7: 
  • Core i7 7820X (3.6GHz, 4.5GHz burst), 8 cores/16 threads, $599
  • Core i7-7800X (3.5GHz, 4.0GHz burst), 6 cores/12 threads, $389

  • Core i7-7740X (4.3GHz, 4.5GHz burst), 4 cores/8 threads, $339  

Core i5:
       Core i5-7640X (4.0GHz, 4.2GHz burst), 4 cores, 4 threads, $242


You were able to preorder the Core i7 X-series chips and the 10-core Core i9 7900X the week of June 20. The 12-core Core i9-7920X ships August 28 while the 14-, 16-, and 18-core Core i9 chips ship on September 25.
The new chips will consume 112W or 140W (depending on the chip), requiring a liquid-cooling solution. Intel has said there will be a 165W chip, too, but waited until early August to reveal it—or them, as it turns out. Intel will have three 165-watt chips: the i9-7980XE, the i9-7960X, and the i9-7940X.
More importantly, they’ll all use a new Socket R4, a 2,066-pin LGA socket that will require a brand-new motherboard. Intel’s Core i9 family is not backward-compatible with existing Skylake or Kaby Lake motherboards.
Price 
  • Core i9-7980XE (Extreme Edition): 18 cores | $1,999
  • Core i9-7960X: 16 cores | $1,699
  • Core i9-7940X: 14 cores | $1,399
  • Core i9-7920X: 12 cores | $1,199
  • Core i9-7900X: 10 cores | $999
Tanks for Reading

Divyam

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