The Intel Core X series of CPUs have been announced and they feature the new Skylake-X as well as the Kaby Lake-X CPUs. These are all enthusiast CPUs that have up to 18 cores and 32 threads. We know that when you add more cores you will give up some frequencies but it seems that the best of both worlds is the Intel Core i9-7900X which is a sweet spot for core count and clock speed.
The Intel Core i9-7900X features 10 cores and 20 threads. The CPUs has a base clock of 3.3 GHz and can boost up to 4.3 GHz, but the fun does not stop here. Intel is introducing the new Turbo Boost Max 3.0 technology in these new chips and by using this new technology the Intel Core i9-7900X can boost to 4.5 GHz and this is out of the box.
The Intel Core i9-7900X is also overclockable and comes with an unlocked multiplier. One overclocker managed to take the Intel Core i9-7900X to 5.7 GHz which is something very impressive. This was done using liquid nitrogen cooling and if you are wondering about the hardware used to do this, the components are as follows:
- ASUS Rampage V1 Apex X299 motherboard
- G.Skill DDR4 memory
- ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Strix Gaming graphics card
Using these components the system was able to score 3181 points in Cinebench. It is safe that this level of performance comes at a price and you will be paying $999 for the CPU alone. You will also need an X299 motherboard that will support this CPU and from what we have seen so far these enthusiast motherboards do not come cheap.
These CPUs will be coming out this summer if you are interested in buying one. Let us know what you think about the Intel Core i9-7900X and whether or not you think it is worth the money.