It’s been a good year since Intel’s line “I” started circulating on the market, with emphasis on the last and latest generation, the Kaby lake. However, rumours point out that the company will take a step further by placing a product on the market that can be unexpected for many people: the I9, which can have up to 12 nuclei and an absurdly high power.
The rumor comes from a photo leaked by an employee or partner, which depicts a PowerPoint presentation that shows the new line of i7 CPUs and a novelty: the I9. The announcement may be what will be used in the next Computex, which happens between May 30th and June 3rd.
Almost the entire core X family has been developed from an upgraded version of Intel’s Skylake platform. This update has been called Skylake X, each nucleus has 1 megabyte of private L2 cache (it was 256 KB in the Broadwell-e and Skylake) architecture, and turbo Boost technology increases the frequency of the two strongest nuclei. Only the two most basic models of the line — the i5-7640X and the i7-7740X — are in the architecture Kaby Lake X.
The new processors are focused on desktops and designed to work with the new X299 chipset. These motherboards support Optane memories, three SSDs PCIe/NVMe, eight SATA ports and ten first generation USB 3.1. The company claims that it’s working with partners to launch the compatible motherboards within the next few weeks, along with the processors.
These are the line processors:
• Core I9 – 7980XE: 18 Cores, 36 threads, TDP de 165w (US $1,999)
• Core I9 – 7960X: 16 Cores, 32 threads, TDP de 165w (US $1,699)
• Core I9 – 7940X: 14 Nuclei, 28 threads, TDP de 165w (US $1,399)
• Core I9 – 7920X: 12 Cores, 24 threads, TDP de 165w (US $1,199)
• Core I9 – 7900X: 10 Cores, 20 threads, 3.3 GHz, TDP de 140w (US $999)
• Core i7 – 7820X: 8 Cores, 16 threads, 3.6 GHz TDP 140w (US $599)
• Core i7 – 7800X: 6 Cores, 12 threads, 3.5 GHz, TDP de 140w (US $389)
• Core i7 – 7740X: 4 cores, 8 threads, 4.3 GHz, tdp de 112W (US $339)
• Core i5 – 7640X: 4 Cores, 4 threads (POIs is), 4.0 GHz, TDP 112W (US $242)
In addition to the new tip family, Intel has given us some clues about the eighth generation of chips, so far called Coffee Lake. According to the company, they managed to reach 30% more performance compared to Kaby Lake. I mean, the comparison wasn’t so fair. They used only one benchmark to put forward an i7-7500 (2.7 GHz base, 3.5 GHz on turbo) with two cores and four threads against an unidentified new generation chip. The new processor had an unspecified clock speed, but operated on the 4 GHz turbo, with double the cores and four to eight threads. This new generation must be launched MA second half of 2017.
Intel’s news at Computex 2017 were not restricted to the launch of the three core I9. In addition to these processors, the brand also brought new i7 from the extreme series. Among the three i7 advertised, the 7820X is the most powerful of them: This CPU counts with eight cores, 16 threads (simulated nuclei logically via hyper threading) and 3.6 GHz speed, but which can reach 4.5 GHz, under Turbo action.
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The new I9 7980XE, which is the top of the line of the new Extreme series, has not had speed numbers confirmed, but the specs released by Intel impress: 18 cores and 36 threads make it largely superior to the i7 7820X, making this i9 the first home processor able to overcome the house of 1 teraflop (flop is a measure of operations per second performed by a processing unit. 1 Teraflop equals the processor capacity to perform a trillion operations Maths with numbers with commas per second). Despite major distinctions in terms of crude and priced performance, the I9 does not present great differences compared to the i7 of the extreme line, which now cease to occupy the Intel line Top Rank.
To begin with, the new I9 share the same architecture with the Extreme i7: the Skylake-X. This means that these processors depend on the same LGA2066 socket for installation on the motherboard and need the same X299 chipset. Additionally, the new I9 and i7 share the same support for newer technologies such as DDR4 and Intel Optane units.
In general, the big difference that will exist between a core i9 and a common i7, such as the 7700, for example, would be in price, at speed, in the fact that the I9 does not fit in the motherboard for the 7700, and vice versa, and the capability of the I9 tolerate overclocking. If you compare the I9 with an i7 of the extreme line, the differences are even smaller, as in this case, the two processors share the same motherboard.
Best processor of all. No comment.