Intel's 18-core Core i9 processor will hit shelves in September

Intel's 18-core Core i9 processor will hit shelves in September

Intel is having a busy week, not only has the company announced the launch date and specs for the rest of its Core i9 CPU lineup but it has also announced that soon, it will be showing off its 8th generation core processors for the first time. That easily supersedes the Core i9-7900X that comes with 10 cores and 20 thread. You'll see us make maneuvers like we accelerate our Core i9 products, which are all the way up to 18-thread systems on the client-based products. Even if it does perform better, AMD's direct contender is US$400 cheaper, so Intel's 12-core is probably not worth it.

The eighth-gen Coffee Lake chips of Intel are programmed using a modernised version of the firm's 14nm process technology for a record fourth time, Earlier, companies like Broadwell, Skylake, and Kaby Lake architectures have followed the same track of revising their process tech for developing better chip, and Intel is also following the same footstep.

The most powerful Core X-series processor is the beastly 18-core i9-7980XE.

Intel boasted of high scalability within the new family, with options ranging from four cores all the way up to a huge 18 cores at the top end.

Other than the official specifications, investors and analysts would also be keen to learn whether Intel will start with mobile or desktop or both. "Gamers and enthusiasts will experience up to 30 percent faster extreme mega-tasking for gaming over the previous generation", said Intel while describing the prowess of the new processors. Intel has further optimised the design, claiming a 30% performance increase from the same power draw. The TDP is kept at 165W and, as with all i9 CPUs, offers support for 44 PCI-E 3.0 lanes. Since the Core i5 series will come with more cores and threads than what we were used to, maybe the upcoming Core i3 series will receive the same treatment. And against the 16-core/32-thread Core i9-7960X ($1,699), it's still $700 less expensive.

On Aug. 21, Intel will unveil the 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processor family on Facebook Live.

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