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Intel Core i9 processors to arrive on September 25, specifications revealed

By Ciara Alarcon & Koh Wanzi - on 9 Aug 2017, 5:03pm

Intel Core i9 processors to arrive on September 25, specifications revealed

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Intel has finally revealed the official specifications for the rest of its Core i9 processors, including the crazy 18-core Core i9-7980XE.

Contrary to recent news that we'd have to wait until 2018, the Intel's Core i9 lineup, including the Core i9-7940X, Core i9-7960X, and Core i9-7980XE, will be available on September 25.

Here’s an overview of the entire Core X series:

Model Base clock Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 frequency Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0 frequency Cores/Threads L3 cache PCIe 3.0 lanes Memory support TDP Price (USD)
Intel Core i9-7980XE 2.6GHz 4.2GHz 4.4GHz 18/36 24.75MB 44 Quad-channel DDR4-2666 165W USD 1,999
Intel Core i9-7960X 2.8GHz 4.2GHz 4.4GHz 16/32 22MB 44 Quad-channel DDR4-2666 165W USD 1,699
Intel Core i9-7940X 3.1GHz 4.3GHz 4.4GHz 14/28 19.25MB 44 Quad-channel DDR4-2666 165W USD 1,399
Intel Core i9-7920X 2.9GHz 4.3GHz 4.4GHz 12/24 16.5MB 44 Quad-channel DDR4-2666 140W USD 1,199
Intel Core i9-7900X 3.3GHz 4.3GHz 4.5GHz 10/20 13.75MB 44 Quad-channel DDR4-2666 140W USD 999
Intel Core i7-7820X 3.6GHz 4.3GHz 4.5GHz 8/16 11MB 28 Quad-channel DDR4-2666 140W USD 599
Intel Core i7-7800X 3.5GHz 4.0GHz N/A 6/12 8.25MB 28 Quad-channel DDR4-2400 140W USD 389
Intel Core i7-7740X 4.3GHz 4.5GHz N/A 4/8 8MB 16 Dual-channel DDR4-2666 112W USD 339
Intel Core i5-7640X 4.0GHz 4.2GHz N/A 4/4 6MB 16 Dual-channel DDR4-2666 112W USD 242

The 16-core Core i9-7960X is tagged at USD 1,699, while the Core i9-7920X will be priced at USD 1,199.

Another thing that stands out is the relatively low base clocks of the top tier chips. Most notably, the flagship Core i9-7980XE starts out at just 2.6GHz, which can seem a bit odd for a processor of its caliber.

However, it does have a Turbo Boost 2.0 frequency of 4.2GHz and a Turbo Boost Max 3.0 clock of 4.4GHz, which is actually quite impressive given that this is an 18-core chip.

Source: Intel