Intel releases complete specifications of its new Core X-series HEDT processors

Intel releases complete specifications of its new Core X-series HEDT processors

Intel releases complete specifications of its new Core X-series HEDT processors

The weight of chitter chatter seems to indicate that Intel will step up the core count throughout its consumer range to combat the AMD Ryzen threat.

The Core i9-7980XE processor will head up Intel's new line of CPUs which were announced back at Computex 2017, aimed at both professional and home users after large amounts of computing power.

Today, I will not only look at the 7820X, but I will also look at how much impact BIOS updates can have on CPU performance, as I will test the 7820X using the same motherboard, but two different BIOS versions. It, too, offers 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes and carries a TDP of 165W. The i9-7920X has a base clock of 2.9 GHz; the i9-7940X (14-core/28-thread) has a base clock of 3.1 GHz; and the i9-7960X (16-core/32-thread) has a base clock of 2.8 GHZ. In that regard, the Core i9-7980XE has a Turbo clock of 4.2GHz, and can hit 4.4GHz in single-threaded workloads.

That top-end part has a base clock of 2.6 GHz with a boost clock of 4.4 GHz (via Turbo Boost Max 3.0).

At Intel's official live unveiling of Coffee Lake, we will hopefully get confirmation or denial on some of those rumours, ahead of Intel's planned launch for this holiday season.

In either case, that's the promise of Coffee Lake-more cores and more threads than Intel's previous models-which should help the company fend off the resurgent AMD's Ryzen processors.

Intel is releasing the 12-core X-Series processors starting August 28, followed by the 14- to 18-core chips September 25. That matches or exceeds the stock clockspeeds for AMD's Threadripper 1950X, which was nearly certainly the point Intel wanted to make. Even if we are to take that at face value, this time around Intel is competing with aggressively priced HEDT processors from AMD. It features 16 physical cores and 32 virtual threads.

Content creators can expect up to 20 percent better performance for VR content creation and up to 30 percent faster 4K video editing over the previous generation.

KitGuru Says: Intel seems to be making a big show of its 8th generation CPU launch, so it will be interesting to see what it has up its sleeve.

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