Intel has announced that the Core i9-7920X with twelve cores will be released on August 28. The i9-7940X, i9-7960X and i9-7980XE, with fourteen, sixteen and eighteen cores respectively, will be available from September 25.
Intel has officially announced the release dates including all specifications, although the full specifications of Intel’s Core X-Series already appeared online at the end of July via a leaked image, which now appears to be authentic. The image already showed that the Core i9-7980XE will have a clock speed of 2.6GHz. The Euro prices of the processors have not yet been announced.
Intel unveiled the X-Series of processors for the hedt platform in late May, but then released only the type names and number of cores of the top four Skylake-X processors. With this platform, Intel is targeting gamers, VR users, overclockers and graphics professionals. It concerns seven processors of the Skylake-X generation and two chips based on Kaby Lake-X. The Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X processors with 4, 6, 8 or 10 cores have been on sale since June 26.
AMD announced its first two Ryzen Threadripper processors last week to compete with Intel’s high-end CPUs. The Threadripper 1950X has 16 cores and 32 threads with a speed of 3.4GHz and boost to 4GHz. The cheaper 1920X has 12 cores and 24 threads and runs at 3.5GHz with a boost to 4GHz as well. AMD is asking $999 and $799 respectively for the processors that come out in August.
|Core i7-7740X||Kaby Lake X||4/8||4.3/4.5GHz/-||8MB||16||ddr4-2666||112W||$339|
|Core i5-7640X||Kaby Lake X||4/4||4.0/4.2GHz/-||6MB||16||ddr4-2666||112W||$242|