Computex 2017, which is one of the largest IT trade shows in Asia, is starting off with a bang, with Intel unveiling its top-of-the-line Core i9 processor. The Core i9 is part of Intel's Core X line of high-performance desktop computer chips. Intel said its top-end model will be the first commercially available chip to reach teraflop speeds and contain 18 processing cores.
The new line of Intel Core X processors is designed to meet the needs of users who want to run the most computationally intensive applications on their desktops, such as 3D modeling, VR editing, video game live-streaming, and special effects design.
Ultra High End
The prices for most of the new models in the Core X series are likely high enough to limit the market to enterprises and all but the most dedicated gamers and design enthusiasts.
At the top of the list is the i9-7980XE Extreme Edition, which will come with 18 cores and 36 threads, and cost $1,999. The Core i9 (pictured above) will also come in versions containing 16, 14, 12, and 10 cores, priced at $1,699, $1,399, $1,199, and $999, respectively.
There are also new models in the i7 series, which until now had been Intel's highest-end offering. These new chips will come in 8-, 6-, and 4-core varieties, and cost $599, $389, and $339, respectively.
Meanwhile, the new 4-core, 4-thread i5 model will be available for $242. The 4-core models are based on Intel’s Kaby Lake architecture, while the other models are based on the company's Skylake design. All of the chips will work with the new X299 chipset.
Lots for Content Creators To Love
Gregory Bryant, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel's client computing group, kicked things off at Computex with the keynote address. Bryant said that while the new chips will obviously appeal to gamers looking to eke out every iota of performance possible from their machines, the high-end i9 chips would also appeal to a growing number of content creators who face increasing performance needs.
"Although every enthusiast is different depending on their interests, a common denominator is their hunger for the best performance," Bryant said in a statement. He described the new series of chips as the company’s most scalable and powerful desktop platforms ever.
The new chips will provide content creators with fast image rendering, video encoding, audio production and real-time preview -- all able to run seamlessly in parallel, according to Bryant.
Gamers, meanwhile, will be able to play their favorite games while streaming, recording, and encoding gameplay on a 12K display powered by up to four discrete graphics cards.
The company said that its OEM partners have already developed motherboards and complete desktop systems based on the new chips and the X299 chipset, so consumers can expect to get their hands on the new machines in the next several weeks.
Computex runs May 30 to June 3 in Taipei, with some 1,600 exhibitors. This year's expo focuses on "Building Global Technology Ecosystems," centered around 5 main themes: Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Business Solutions, Innovations & Startups, Gaming & Virtual Reality, and IoT Applications.
Image credit: Product shot by Intel Corporation.
Posted: 2017-05-31 @ 10:36am PT
Interesting, it looks like processor wars are back. AMD also had new processors at the show.