Intel announces X-Series processors, including 18-core, 36-thread model

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Date: Wednesday, May 31st, 2017, 05:58
Category: Hardware, iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, News, Processors

If you’re hankering for an insane next-gen processor that might one day find its way into the Mac, it’s about here.

Intel today has announced its new family of Intel Core processors. Titled as Intel Core X-Series, the new high-end desktop processors are the next step in Intel’s processor family. The units range from $242 – $1,999, the X-Series looks to cover the gamut of next generation desktop processing power.

Perhaps most impressive is the fact that the X-Series i9-7908XE boasts both 18-cores and 36-threads.


The X-Series encompasses a variety of speeds and price points with the Intel Core i5-7640X retailing for 242 with a 4 GHz clock speed, 4 cores, and 4 threads. Moving up, the top of the line i7 chip comes with 10 cores and 20 threads. This Intel Core i7-7820X starts off at 3.6 GHz but can reach 4.5 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Max.

All of Intel’s X-Series i9 chips get 3.3 GHz base speeds, with 4.5 GHz Intel Turbo Boost Max. Core and thread counts range from 12/24 on the low-end, to 18/36 at the highest.

Where the Mac is concerned, the X-Series might not hit Apple’s product line anytime soon, as Apple’s hasn’t really focused on an all-powerful desktop Mac for sometime. Apple has mentioned an updated Mac Pro and iMac, although details on these machines has been sparse. The company is thought to be announcing a hardware update to the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar at WWDC next week and we’ll have details as they become available.

Via 9to5Mac and Intel

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