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Intel officially unveils specs and release dates for 12C to 18C Core i9 CPUs

Last week, an Intel presentation slide leak brought us new details on Intel’s upcoming Core i9 lineup, including its new 12-core, 14-core, 16-core and 18-core processors. Now today, Intel has made everything official, unveiling the final spec-sheet itself and giving us release dates for these higher core count X299 chips.

Intel first announced its Core-X lineup at Computex in early June. Since then, a few of these CPUs have released, with quad-core, six-core, eight-core and 10-core processors hitting the market. Now from the 28th of August, the Core i9 7920X (12C/24T) CPU will be available. Then, the 14-core to 18-core CPUs will begin hitting the market from the 25th of September.

Here is a graph detailing each new CPU in terms of specifications:

Processor Base Clock Speed (GHz) Turbo Boost 2.0 Clock Speed (GHz) Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Clock Speed (GHz) Cores/Threads L3 Cache TDP Pricing
Core i9-7980XE 2.6 4.2 4.4  18/36 24.75MB  165W  $1,999
Core i9-7960X  2.8 4.2 4.4 16/32 22MB 165W  $1,699
Core i9-7940X 3.1  4.3  4.4 14/28 19.25MB 165W  $1,399
Core i9-7920X 2.9  4.3 4.4  12/24  16.5MB  140W  $1,199

The entire Core i9 series includes 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes and supports four channels of DDR4-2666 memory all on the LGA 2066 socket. This includes the Core i9-7900X which released back in July. You can check out our 7900X review HERE. You can also find our Kaby Lake-X review HERE.

KitGuru says: Threadripper is landing before the end of this week, so it looks like AMD will have the jump when it comes to 12-core and 16-core HEDT chips. However, even with Intel’s 14-18 core CPUs not landing until late September, many will be looking forward to seeing the comparisons, myself included.

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