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Forget AMD’s 16 core / 32 thread ThreadRipper – Intel’s newest high-end desktop (HEDT) platform is surely the killer among all of them. On a special event in Computex at Taipei, Taiwan, Intel unveiled some cool new chips as well as raising the bar again from its closest competitor. The new X299 chipset, with the new X-series processors lineup, can go all the way from 4 cores / 4 threads up to 18 cores / 36 threads.

HEDT platforms are the ones aimed for gamers, streamers, content creators and professionals with deep pockets as well as ones who wants to evolve on the #PCMasterRace. In simple words, these platforms are intended for rich and people who like more cores (which they can utilize for productivity and heavy tasks).

Photo from Intel – showing the X299 chips as well as its suggested prices.

This new platform replaces the X99. At the low-end side are the “Kaby Lake-X” processors: the i5-7640X and the i7-7740X – and they seem very similar to the existing Kaby Lake processors that came to market earlier this year; four cores with four threads (for the i5) or four cores & eight threads (for the i7), two memory channels, and 16 PCIe 3 lanes from the CPU itself. The chips have a higher TDP—up to 112W, instead of the 91W of non-X parts—and uses X299’s new Socket 2066. On the clock speeds, the $339 i7-7740X has a base clock of 4.3GHz and a turbo of 4.5GHz, compared to the 4.2/4.5GHz of the $339 i7-7700K.

Intel’s X299 Chipset (photo from Intel)

But really, the star of the show and the head-turner – is the Core i9-7980XE (XE stands for Xtreme Edition). Because Intel went too far from the ten core Core i7-6950X (Intel’s previous most-expensive HEDT platform costing more than a thousand and five hundred bucks), the prices for the new 10-core processor seems to be dropped – from $1500 to only $999.

The Core i9 X-series (Photo from Intel)


We only have less details about these newest offerings by Intel for now. Follow us for more updates about this topic as well as the latest on technology from Computex and the world.