Intel Just Unveiled Core i9 Extreme Edition CPU with 18-core

Core i9 Extreme Edition CPU
Core i9 Extreme Edition CPU

Last year at Computex, Intel announced its first 10-core consumer CPU. Today, Intel announced its new Intel Core-X series of, processors. The company says that the new family of processors is most scalable, accessible and powerful desktop platform ever. This new Core X-Series processors also includes 18-core Core i9 Extreme Edition CPU.

Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition is the world’s first ever consumer desktop CPU with 18-cores and 36-threads. Intel also claims that it is first ever first ever teraflop desktop CPU. It is priced at $1999 and shipping will start later this year.

This 7980XE is not something you will see on average desktops. It is for power-hungry users who might want to do things like play games in 4K and many more powerful tasks.

Intel’s new series is called as Intel Core i9-7900X X-series processor. If 18-core is a bit too rich, you have other members of the family. The first version will come with 10 cores and 20 threads, with 18, 16, 14 and 12 core variants coming soon. All of these i9 chips have base clock speeds of 3.3GHz and it can reach 4.3GHz dual-core speeds with Turbo Boost 2.0 and 4.5GHz with Turbo Boost 3.0.

This new Intel Core i9 processor brand represents the CPUs meant for highest performance while advanced gaming, VR and content creation.

The basic version with 10-core will cost $999. Pricing details are below along with core and thread count.

  • Core i9-7980XE: 18-core/36-thread, $1,999
  • Core i9-7960X: 16-core/32-thread, $1,699
  • Core i9-7940X: 14-core/28-thread, $1,399
  • Core i9-7920X: 12-core/24-threads, $1,199
  • Core i9-7900X (3.3GHz): 10-core/20-thread, $999

Core i9 Extreme Edition

Intel also does not recommend that the new X-series parts be air cooled. The company will also sell the TS13X cooler, designed for the 165 watts and 140 watts of thermal design power heat.

Intel will also offer “performance tuning protection plan,” an insurance policy for overclockers.