Today Intel has officially confirmed the specifications for the 12- to 18-core processors which take the form of the new Intel Core i9-7920X, Intel Core i9-7940X, Intel Core i9-7960X and the Extreme Edition Intel Core i9-7980XE processors.
The new Intel Core X-series processors were first unveiled earlier this year during Computex 2017 and are being marketed as the “most powerful, scalable and accessible high-end desktop platform” offered by Intel.
The new X-series processor family offers simultaneous, compute-intensive, multithreaded workloads aligned in purpose, powered by up to 18 cores and 36 threads, with up to 68 PCIe 3.0 lanes on the platform. offering users the ability to expand their systems with fast SSDs, up to four discrete GFX cards and ultrafast Thunderbolt 3. Intel explains more about the performance you can expect from the new processors:
Content creators can expect up to 20 percent better performance for VR content creation and up to 30 percent faster 4K video editing over the previous generation. This means less time waiting and more time designing new worlds and experiences. Gamers and enthusiasts will experience up to 30 percent faster extreme mega-tasking for gaming over the previous generation.
The 12-core Intel Core X-series processor will be available starting on Aug. 28, and 14- to 18-core Intel Core X-series processors will be available starting Sept. 25. The 4- to 10-core Intel Core X-series processors are already on shelves and available at multiple retailers, along with more than 200 Intel X299 Chipset motherboards.