The internet is whipping out some Core-i9 tales

The internet is whipping out some Core-i9 tales

Intel might have something to compete with AMD's Ryzen chips.

Initially there will be four members of this new "split" of Intel processors with 6, 8, 10 and 12 cores and double threads running through HyperThreading technology. Still, it is a refreshing thought that Intel is actually trying to pull the strings once more in the field where it practically monopolized before the Ryzen processors became a thing. They'll make up the company's "high-end desktop" line of products aimed specifically at gamers and other performance-hungry consumers and prosumers.

The new lineup is set to rival AMD's upcoming Ryzen 9 "Threadripper" CPUs, which will feature similar specifications at potentially lower prices.

Details about Intel's new Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X microprocessors, dubbed Core i9, have been leaked. "Core X" is surely a reference to the code names of these chips, which are Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X, respectively.

Let's start from the bottom up. These new cores have far less L3 cache than any current Intel HEDT chip - Intel's 10-core 6950X, for example, has 25MB of L3.




There has been no confirmation from Intel about this just yet so we'll have to wait and see whether or not it comes with out a Core i9 variant. Base clock and turbo frequencies are all TBD, but the chip supposedly has 16.5MB of L3 cache. Some leaks say they could go up to 160W, which is a bit worrisome without some serious cooling mechanism.

Core i7-7740K: 4 cores, 8 threads, 4.3GHz base, 4.5GHz Turbo, no Turbo Boost 3.0, 8MB L3, 16 lanes of PCIe 3.0.

The 7900X will reportedly feature a 3.3 GHz base clock, with boost clocks of both 4.3 and 4.5 GHz depending on whether you're using Turbo 2.0 or 3.0. Its clock starts ticking at 4.3 GHz and it stops at 4.5 GHz after overclock. However, there's no telling yet whether it would have a higher base clock value than the 10-core i9-7900X model. There's the tiniest hint of an upgrade in the i7-7740K, with its 4.3GHz base clock as opposed to the 4.2GHz base clock of the 7700K, but the Core i7-7640K isn't an i7 at all.

According to WCCF Tech, the Intel Skylake X Core i9-7920X processor is a juggernaut featuring a total of 12 cores and 24 threads. Of those, only the 7920X's base and boost clocks aren't immediately known based on this morning's benchmarks.

COMPUTEX Taipei takes place this year from May 30 to June 3, and Intel is rumored to unveil the new processor series at the event with availability following that same month. This excludes Core i9-7290X which might hit the stores in August.

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