Intel unveils Core i9 CPU - The most extreme desktop processor ever

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The top-of-the-range Intel Core i9 Extreme CPU is set to sell for $1,999.

"As Computex kicks off, Intel is refreshing its high-end desktop platform from top to bottom". Availability and exact pricing for India should be known in the coming months.

The quad-core X-Series chips are based on Kaby Lake, but all the others are still derived from Skylake.

The Core i9-7900X is a 10-core/20-thread processor with a base clock of 3.3 GHz and a Turbo peak of 4.5 GHz using the new Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0.

Intel also announced the Turbo Boost Max 3.0 for its new Core X range - an upgrade to its existing Turbo Boost technology to ensure that each core is able to deliver maximum performance. Meanwhile, the ZenBook Pro comes with a 15.6-inch 4K screen, quad-speaker Harman Kardon audio, 7th-gen Intel Core i7 CPUs and Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti graphics and 16GB DDR RAM. The first implementation of Turbo Boost 3.0 was only optimized for a single core.

In comparison to some of the older Kaby Lake models, these chips will offer a bit higher speeds. The 10-core, which is the equivalent to the Broadwell-E, is now only $999. Intel has listed the names of future Core i9 CPUs but haven't revealed finer details of clock speeds, cache, etc, yet.

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The high-end i9 model, the Intel Core i9-7920X will feature 12 CPU cores, will support 24 threads, will be priced at $1652 and is planned for an August release.

All CPUs from the Core-X family will be using Intel's new X299 chipset, which uses a new LGA 2066 socket. To the former's credit, Intel has once again upped the ante in terms of power, likely making it the preferred choice for professionals whether they are working in technical industries or creating streams on Twitch or YouTube.

Intel has used the Computex trade show to try and upstage rival AMD with the unveiling of its leaked Core X-Series processors, as well as a compute card, a virtual reality collaboration and an always connected PC demo.

Intel partners are cheering the company's new Core X desktop platform, launched Tuesday, saying the enthusiast lineup goes after AMD's products with new performance and multi-threading capabilities.

Another eye-catching announcement was the unveiling of a whole new subset of Intel processors - the Core i9 family.

Gregory Bryant, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the client computing group, called the new Core X-series processor family "Intel's most scalable, accessible and powerful desktop platform ever".

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