June 26, 2017

Intel Core i9 is Processor Royalty

Since Intel announced its release of the Core i9 during Computex, enthusiasts have been keeping on the edge of their seats. Let’s go over the essentials of the Intel Core i9.

What are we looking at?

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The Core i9 line is considered to be Intel’s higher-end consumer chips and their champion against AMD’s Ryzen processors. Expected to be the most powerful consumer chip yet, it holds up to 18 cores and 36 threads. Power consumption of the chips will be at 112W or 114W. Although they have not identified which one in the Core i9 family it is yet, we’ll also be looking forward to a 165W chip.


Power comes at a price

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Core i9 chips prices start at $999 and go up to $ 1,999. The most expensive chip in the family is the Extreme Edition Core i9-7980XE. A bit heavy on the pocket, don’t you think? This is why it’s advisable to purchase this only if you’re into serious gaming or if your job requires heavy multitasking. To give you an idea, here’s a list of prices:

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

The Intel X299 chipset

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The Intel X299, as of the moment, is the only chipset that comes with Core i9. Since it uses Socket R4, a new motherboard will be needed. Also, it cannot be backwards-compatible with current Kaby Lake or Skylake motherboards.

When can we get one?

Pre-orders for some have begun while certain models, such as the 16-core Core i9-7960X, the 18-core Core i9-7980XE, and others, will launch sometime between August to October.