Since the announcement in 2008, the first chips under the Core brand, Intel offered users three lines of these processors Core i3, i5 and i7. In 2017, the situation may change: Apple will release the new flagship Core i9 chips designed for the most “heavy” desktop applications and games.
In the Network appeared the first details about the new flagship line of Intel processors for desktop PCs. Along with the release of a new platform and a new processor socket LGA2066 chip maker will create a two processor series: Core i7 Kaby Lake X with 4 cores and Core i9 Skylake-X, which may contain 6, 8, 10 and 12 cores.
Under the brand Intel Core i9 (Skylake-X) will be represented a really powerful flagship chip, equipped with cores. Only the “first wave” is expected four Core i9.
The size of the cache memory of the second level (L2) all processors Skylake-X up to 1 MB per core, which is four times greater than 256 KB per core new Core i7 (Kaby Lake-X).
All the chips Skylake-X (Core i9) will support 4-channel DDR4-2666, in contrast to the Kaby Lake-X (new Core i7), for which the “ceiling” will be to support 2-channel DDR4-2666.
A list of the differences between the new flagship Core i9 (Skylake-X) and updating the top-end Core i7 (Kaby Lake-X) includes also increased by 75-175% of the number of supported PCI Express lanes 3.0 and higher plus a thermal design power: 140-160 W vs. 112 watts.
Older models, the new flagship line Core i9 support the new technology of dynamic overclocking Turbo Boost Max 3.0. Junior chip line Core i9-7800X and processors Kaby Lake-X (Core i7) only work with Turbo Boost 2.0.
- 6-core Core i9-7800X – 8448 KIB (8,25 MB) shared L3 cache, a base frequency of 3.5 GHz, Turbo Boost 4.0 GHz;
- 8-core Core i9-7820X – 11264 KB (11 MB) shared L3 cache, a base frequency of 3.6 GHz, Turbo Boost to 4.3 GHz;
- 10-core Core i9-7900X – 14080 KB (13,75 MB) shared L3 cache, a base frequency of 3.3 GHz, Turbo Boost to 4.3 GHz;
- 12-core Core i9-7920X – 16896 KB (16,5 MB) shared L3 cache, the operating frequencies are not specified yet.
According to preliminary data, the announcement of the first three Intel Core i9 will be Intel at the event on 12 June at the annual gaming conference E3, and only the most powerful — Core i9-7920X, will be presented in August 2017. Other sources claim that all of the processors will be simultaneously presented at the GamesCon conference 2017, which will take place August 22-26.
The beginning of deliveries of processors Intel Core i9 and the corresponding motherboard Socket R4 Intel X299 Express is expected in the second half of 2017.