Intel announced their upcoming range of Core X CPUs and chipsets back in Computex, but the specifics were not very clear for quite some time and it’s only until recently that we had the fog cleared about the existence of the much-speculated Core i9 flagship series. Finally, Intel has released the specs for their upcoming beast, especially casting the spotlight on the Core i9 7980XE.
The Core i9 7980XE features a base clock speed of 2.6GHz and Intel’s Turbo Boost 2.0 takes it up to 4.2GHz. Turbo Boost 3.0 can boost the fastest two cores to reach 4.4GHz. While the base clock is not very high, the boost clocks are at generously acceptable speeds. This might very well be an indication of how powerful the single threaded performance might be. It will be priced at $2000.
Going down a few notches we have the 16 and 14-core entrants. The Core i9 7960X features 16 cores 32 threads with a 2.8GHz base clock and Turbo Boost 2.0/3.0 speeds of 4.2GHz/4.4GHz. The 14 core 28 thread Core i9 7940X rocks a base of 3.1GHz and Turbo Boost 2.0/3.0 speeds of 4.3GHz/4.4GHz. Similar to the top-end 7980XE, both of these have 44 PCI-E lanes and 165W TDP ratings as expected.
Core X CPUs sit on the LGA 2066 socket of X299 chipset motherboards. The Core i9 7980XE, 7960X, 7940X will be available on September 25th. The 12-core 7920X is scheduled to arrive sooner and will be available on August 28th.