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New Intel CPU Announcements

Intel announces new Core X CPUs, rolling out news on new versions of their i5 and i7 processors, as well as a new top-of-the-line i9 line. The Core i5-7640X will feature four cores and four threads for $242, and the Core i7 X-will ranging from a four-core/eight-thread version for $339 to an eight-core/16-thread chip for $599. The Core i9 will include a 10-core/20-thread processor for $999, a 16-core/32-thread chip for $1,699, and the big daddy, a Core 19 Extreme with 18-cores, 36-threads, and a $1,999 price tag. These naturally come with a new motherboard chipset, and new architecture tweaks. Here are details from The Verge:

Intel is also upgrading its Turbo Boost technology on some of the higher end models of the Core X line, with what it calls Turbo Boost Max 3.0. The company points out that while the additional cores on the Core X models will improve multitasking performance, the addition of technologies like Turbo Boost Max 3.0 ensures that each core is also able to achieve improved performance. (Intel claims that the Core X series reaches 10 percent faster multithread performance over the previous generation, and 15 percent faster single thread).

The new, multi-core models also show that Intel is serious about keeping up with AMD, whose recently released Ryzen processors are seen by many as the first viable competitor to Intel’s juggernaut Core series in years. AMD is planning to release its own high-end enthusiast Ryzen line — dubbed the “Threadripper” — later this year with up to 16-cores and 32-threads, something that the newly announced 18-core i9 Extreme will compete head-to-head against.

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