AMD seems to have rediscovered its mojo with the release of crowd-pleasing Ryzen processors, but in doing so may have awoken a sleeping giant filled with renewed resolve. That giant is Intel, and after years of unchallenged supremacy it is responding to the new threat by going into all-out attack.

The onslaught arrives in the form of the Core X-Series, a range of new 14nm CPUs described as Intel’s most powerful, most scalable desktop processors to date. In an effort to appeal to a wide range of enthusiasts, prices start at $242 and extend right the way up to $1,999 for the all-singing, all-dancing Core i9-7980XE.

Said chip will boast a whopping 18 cores and 36 threads, but isn’t expected to ship until Q4. For the time being power users will have to make do with the 10-core, 20-thread Core i9-7900X, priced at $999 and introduced as the first ever Intel Core i9 processor. All sounds rather good, however there are signs that Intel’s retort to Ryzen has been fast tracked, resulting in uncertain availability, confusing segmentation and a few eyebrow-raising decisions.

Model
Cores /
Threads
L3
Cache
(MB)
Base
Clock
(GHz)
Turbo
Boost
2.0
(GHz)
Turbo
Boost
2.0
All-Core
(GHz)
Turbo
Boost
3.0
(GHz)
PCIe
3.0
Lanes
Memory
Channels
Memory
Support
TDP
(W)
LGA
Package
Price
Skylake-X: coming later this year
Core i9-7980XE
18 / 36
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
2066
$1,999
Core i9-7960X
16 / 32
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
2066
$1,699
Core i9-7940X
14 / 28
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
2066
$1,399
Core i9-7920X
12 / 24
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
2066
$1,199
Skylake-X: available June 26
Core i9-7900X
10 / 20
13.75
3.3
4.3
4.0
4.5
44
Quad
DDR4-2666
140
2066
$999
Core i7-7820X
8 / 16
11
3.6
4.3
4.0
4.5
28
Quad
DDR4-2666
140
2066
$599
Core i7-7800X
6 / 12
8.25
3.5
4.0
4.0
28
Quad
DDR4-2400
140
2066
$389
Kaby Lake-X: available June 26
Core i7-7740X
4 / 8
8
4.3
4.5
4.5
16
Dual
DDR4-2666
112
2066
$339
Core i5-7640X
4 / 4
6
4.0
4.2
4.0
16
Dual
DDR4-2666
112
2066
$242

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