A few months ago AMD launched its proposal to take over the market, which are the Ryzen 3, 5 and 7. These processors stood out for their high power and low price. But Intel looks like it’s not going to be that easy.
Intel launches a new range of processors: X-Series
Just today Intel announced a new range of processors. This is not intended for basic users, but for more professional users who require greater power .
X-Series , as the company called it, would come to supply processors to its most demanding users. These new chips would replace the previous Extreme models, although this time with more varied options. Thus, not only is there an i7 Extreme, but in the X-Series range we have processors i5 and i7 , as well as the new Intel i9 .
New high-end Intel processors.
And what features will these new X-Series processors have?
- The Intel i5 X-Series (codenamed i5-7640X), will come equipped with 4 cores at 4GHz each, and the price will be $242.
- The Intel i7 X-Series will come in several models: The i7-7740X will have 4 cores and 8 wires at 4.3GHz (4.5GHz with Turbo Boost) The i7-7800X will have 6 cores and 12 wires at 3.5GHz (4GHz with Turbo Boost) The i7-7820X will have 8 cores and 16 wires at 3.6GHz (4.3GHz with Turbo Boost)
- The Intel i9 X-Series will also come in several models: The i9-7900X which will come equipped with 10 cores and 20 threads at 3.3GHz and 4.3GHz with the Turbo Boost. The i9-7940X, of which we don’t know much more either, except that it will have 14 cores and 24 threads, and like the rest it will have 14nm transistors.and finally the i9-7960X, which will have 16 cores and 32 threads.
As we can see, we still know almost nothing, as they have just been announced. We still need to know the detailed and definitive prices.
In addition, there is still a lot of information about the new i9 X-Series range . For example, it does not know the clock frequency except for the basic model. Although, given the increasing number of cores we can assume that the working frequency of these processors will decrease , and in fact in the latest model the frequency is probably at 2GHz or less.
The new Intel i9 Extreme
Although I said that the X-Series would replace the Extreme range, the Extreme range will not go away. Instead, it will identify the most powerful Intel i9 , and therefore, the best desktop processor range that we will be able to achieve in this generation.
Little is known about this new processor, the i9-7980XE , known as the Intel i9 Extreme. So far on Intel’s official website they only mention that it will be manufactured with 14nm technology and that it will have the dazzling amount of 18 cores and 36 threads of execution . Although we still don’t know the clock frequency and the cache it will have, there is no doubt that it will be a real monster.
The new Intel i9 Extreme, the most powerful desktop processors.
Where are the Intel Xeons after all this?
After analyzing this new information, there is only one question left to solve: what will happen to the Intel Xeon?
The answer is clear, will continue to exist . According to Intel’s website, these new processors are intended for desktop computers , as they are of the iX series. Therefore, although it is possible to use them for servers , Intel Xeon will continue to exist as the main line of server products.
Although this leads to a simple doubt. What makes Xeon better than i7 or i9 for servers? It remains to be seen what differences there will be between the i9 range and the Xeon. While the most distinctive feature of the Xeon is the cores , they are still different, as the Xeon with the most cores has 24 (48 threads), and the i9 with the most cores has 18 (36 threads). However, the number of cores is not the only differentiating feature of the Xeons.
The Xeons will still be your best bet for servers.
As we can see, Intel is trying to recover what was lost by the Ryzen of AMD , and seems to be succeeding. And in fact, with this new range they are competing in the same way as AMD did at the time, with more cores.
What do you think? When do you think we’ll start seeing computers equipped with these new processors? Do you think we’ll see a Mac with any of these models? Maybe in a future modular Mac Pro?