Intel's 18-core Core i9 processor will hit shelves in September


Intel has announced a sweeping series of updates to its desktop processor lineup, including new Core X-series processors, a Core i9 family and an 18-core desktop chip. While there are no surprises, it is nice to see everything in one place.

Then we had three Skylake X CPUs, however, the two models with 6 and 8 cores were called Core i7 while the 10 core at the top of the heap was the first model to be called Core i9, with a price of US$999.

The 12-core processor in the "Core X-series" will be available from August 28 and the 14 to 18-core processors will go on sale from September 25.

The top tier chip will be joined by slower Core i9 CPUs which come with fewer cores and less compute horsepower, but are a little easier on the wallet.

At Intel's official live unveiling of Coffee Lake, we will hopefully get confirmation or denial on some of those rumours, ahead of Intel's planned launch for this holiday season.

All of these new chips are based on the same Skylake-X refresh with a diminished amount of L3, but significantly more L2 per CPU core. Last but certainly not least is the Core i9-7920X, a 12-core / 24-thread part with a base clock speed of 2.9GHz that can Boost to 4.3GHz, 44 PCIe lanes and 16.5MB of L3 cache that'll set you back $1,199.

For example, the 12-core i9-7920X processor, which is slated to launch 28 August, will cost a more affordable $1,200 (£925), though United Kingdom prices have yet to be confirmed.

The twelve-core, Core i9 7920X is clocked at 2.9GHz, turbos to 2.9GHz and Turbo Max 3.0s to 4.4GHz, all within 140W TDP.

The cream of the crop, as you've no doubt heard, is the Core i9-7980XE, an Extreme Edition chip packing a whopping 18 cores and 36 threads. While it may be relatively more affordable, it is still very expensive at $1,199 (Rs.76,400 approx). Base speeds are 3.1GHz, 2.8GHz and 2.6GHz respectively with maximum Turbo speeds just north of 4GHz, but with no clarity about the All Core Turbo speed.

This beastly processor will also support 68 PCIe 3.0 lanes which means more space for graphics cards and solid-state storage.