It is also the chipset series, which sees Intel up the ante against its arch-rivals, with the unveiling of the first 18-core consumer desktop processor until date. The top-end 18-core 36-thread part is dubbed the Core i9 Extreme Edition, while only lesser processors are directly market as Core i9 X-series.
The 7980XE represents Intel's crop of the crops, the very top of its high-end offer and spearheads eight generation of Core processor chips.
Intel has unveiled new variety of Intel Core X processors including more powerful Core i5 and i7 CPUs along with a whole new range of beastly Core i9 chips.
All the new desktop Core X processors are created to work with Intel's new X299 motherboard chipset, which the company notes should be rolling out on partner products in the coming weeks, along with the new processors. (Intel claims that the Core X series reaches 10 percent faster multithread performance over the previous generation, and 15 percent faster single thread).
The i9-7900X itself will retail for just $999 and will anchor the bottom line of the new XE family, which will also come with 10, 12, 14 and 16 core variants.
Turbo Boost Max 3.0 is an improved Turbo Boost technology and will be available on some of the high-end models of the new Core X line.
The i9 series of chips all run at base clock speeds of 3.3GHz. The Core i7-7740X is a quad-core CPU running at 4.3GHz and a boost clock of 4.5GHz, supports HyperThreading, 8MB of L3 cache and supports 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes. The company's latest flagship products like the desktop computers will be shipped with this processor. The new CPUs will include Core i5, Core i7, and new Core i9 processors that are meant for the power hungriest. While the Intel Core i9 processor will come in four models excluding the Extreme edition.
The Intel i9-7980XE is priced at $1,999 as the system takes on AMD's soon-to-debut Rysen 9 Threadripper CPU. The 8th generation chip is built on a refined iteration of Intel's 14nm process.
As far as the pricing of the Core X processors is concerned, the Core X family would start with Core i5-7640X processor that would cost $242.