Intel announced its new family of processors belonging to the Kaby Lake X platform, a family made up of 9 models for this high-performance platform based on the Intel X299 chipset that, illogically, starts with a 4-core / 4-threads model without integrated graphics with a TDP of 112W compared to the 95W of the original model (i5-7600k).
Intel Core i9-7980XE announced for $ 1,999
The most powerful is the Core i9-7980XE, consisting of 18 cores and 36 threads, although the information offered by the company is quite vague, giving no detail around its frequencies or TDP, although we know that it will be limited to 44 PCI-Express 3.0 lines which may be accompanied by a Quad Channel @ 2666 MHz DDR4 RAM configuration. Its price is 1999 dollars, which will translate into about 2400 euros.
As for the set of Intel X299 chipset, it is associated with the processor socket via DMI 3.0 interface and can provide up to 30 different operation interfaces. In particular, the forces “south bridge” can be provided to the work 8 SATA ports 6 Gb / s, 10 USB 3.0 connectors, and up to 24 PCI Express 3.0 lines.
We continue with the Core i9-7960X with 16 cores and 32 threads for 1699 dollars (about 2060 euros); The Core i9-7940X with 14 cores and 28 threads for about 1700 euros, Core i9-7920X for about 1450 euros, and down to 10 cores and 12 threads at frequencies of 3.30 GHz / 4.30 GHz with Core i9-7900X At a price of around 1200 euros.
Now we are down to the 8 cores, the same ones offered by AMD Ryzen, although here to have 8 cores and 16 threads you have to buy the Core i9-7820X @ 3.60 / 4.30 GHz at a price around 730 euros. The Core i9-7800X will offer us 6 cores and 12 threads @ 3.50 / 4.00 GHz for about 470 euros and Core i7-7740X with 4 cores / 8 threads @ 4.30 / 4.50 GHz for about 450 euros. The last in the list is i5-7640X with 4 cores and 4-wire @ 4.00 / 4.20 GHz at a price of around 290 euros.