Intel could soon unveil expensive Core i9 CPU

Intel could soon unveil expensive Core i9 CPU

But for the typical computer buyer who walks into a big-box retail store and asks the sales representative to assist him or her in purchasing a new gaming computer, the higher Core i9 tier could make a real difference in some customers' purchasing decisions, a difference that could mean a richer product mix for Intel and for personal computer vendors. This could be the company's response after the highly affordable Ryzen processors started nearly breaking the market with its high performance and nearly unbeatable prices. These will also launch in June, reports say, and they will target the same market segment as Intel's latest products. That puts it far above the current top of the line, which is Intel's Core i7 range.

Intel's new Core i9 lineup will start things off with four units: the i9-7800X, the i9-7820X, the i9-7900x, and the i9-7920X, the most powerful of them all. The Core i9-7800X will clock speeds at 3.5 GHz base and 4.0 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0. Kaby Lake-X will continue to use the Core i7 naming scheme.

The i7-7640X will be a quad-core processor with four threads, 6 MB of onboard L3 cache memory, 16 PCIe lanes, and dual DDR4-2666 RAM.

"The slide, which an Anandtech forum member claims is an internal Intel document, provides details of four new Skylake-X processors and two Kaby Lake-X CPUs". Some leaks say they could go up to 160W, which is a bit worrisome without some serious cooling mechanism. Next will be the Core i9-7900X, with 10 cores, 20 threads, 13.75Mb of cache.

Next up there is the i9-7820X, an octa-core processor with threads that double its core count, 11 MB of cache, the same PCIe lanes as the 7800-X, and the same RAM configuration as the rest of the lineup.

Core i7-7640K: 4 cores, 4 threads, 4GHz base, 4.2GHz Turbo, no Turbo Boost 3.0, 6MB of L3 cache, 16 lanes of PCIe 3.0. Its clock starts ticking at 4.3 GHz and it stops at 4.5 GHz after overclock.

The 7900X processor reportedly has a base frequency of 3.3GHz, reaching 4.3GHz with Intel's Turbo 2.0 Boost Max technology for limited numbers of cores and 4.5GHz with Turbo 3.0 for single-threaded workloads. The higher-end Core i7-7740K has two threads per core enabled, while the lower end i7-7640K has just one thread per core enabled. It is not known though what would be the clock speed of the i9-7920X.

Taking it down another notch, we get the Core i9-7820K.

Intel's been relatively quiet over the past year or so.

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