Intel Said to Introduce a Core i9 CPU

Posted May 17, 2017

It was only a matter of time until Chipzilla retaliated, and a leaked slide from a German presentation suggests that Intel is stepping up its own Skylake-X HEDT (High End DeskTop) platforms.

According to WCCF Tech, the Intel Skylake X Core i9-7920X processor is a juggernaut featuring a total of 12 cores and 24 threads.

The specifications of the flagship 12-core Core i9-7920X are still unknown but it should pack 16.5MB of L3 cache and will definitely be the fastest Intel Core CPU on the market, judging by the known specifications. However, there's no telling yet whether it would have a higher base clock value than the 10-core i9-7900X model. Next will be the Core i9-7900X, with 10 cores, 20 threads, 13.75Mb of cache.

The 7900X processor reportedly has a base frequency of 3.3GHz, reaching 4.3GHz with Intel's Turbo 2.0 Boost Max technology for limited numbers of cores and 4.5GHz with Turbo 3.0 for single-threaded workloads.

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The list also includes two Kaby Lake-X quad-core SKUs, including the Core i7-7740K and the Core i7-7640K.

I'm not at all certain these leaks reflect the chips Intel will announce at Computex. The total cache on this behemoth is 16.5 MB (L3). These new offerings of the i7 Core lineup will fall under the Kaby Lake-X category, and they will deliver enhanced performance for a hefty premium, according to reports. These new chips slash that ratio to 1.375MB per core.

Intel's plans leaked on AnandTech's board. But criticisms over the quality of the leak aside, it looks like Intel is readying a potent lineup. Assuming that Intel and AMD both release full details there, these CPUs could be in computers shipping this summer. If these cache counts are accurate, they reflect plans Intel made a year or more ago, not any recent response to a renewed competitive environment. Increasing the L2 cache by 768KB doesn't automatically compensate for shrinking the L3 cache. It will have 8.25 megabytes of L3 cache memory and 28 PCI Express lanes.

Core i9-7800X has six cores and will replace the six core Core i7-6800K. The company though is yet to acknowledge they have any ambitions beyond the Ryzen 7.

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All these CPUs should be announced pretty soon with a lot of them shipping in June and the high-end i9 shipping in August.

The 7740K runs at a base frequency of 4.3GHz and offers a maximum single-core turbo speed of 4.5GHz, while the 7640K runs at a base frequency of 4GHz and a maximum single-core turbo frequency of 4.2GHz.

Whitehaven will effectively be a double Ryzen R7 with up to 16 cores and 32 threads and hence will be named Threadripper.

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