After waiting for almost a year and a half, the new generation of Extreme from home Intel The company launched the Skyalke-X and Kaby Lake-X processors at the same time to close the generational gap with the mainstream series, and on the way gave us a new reality in the market in Sheba Processors With eight, ten and even 12 processing cores no longer require a four-digit dollar amount from buyers.
Two families in one: many cores and a lot of cores
The Skylake-X family was designed as a relatively minor upgrade to the X-BroadwellThe well-known E, but it seems that the rapid development of technology and increasing competition have led it to a decision with significant upgrades and condensing of capabilities - and now we actually have a pair of sub-series of products, with one actually direct successor of the models we saw in the previous era and the other offering us a whole new world. And performance potential that has never been practically available.
Seven new Skylake-X processors are being unveiled today, as part of the big media event Intel At the Computex exhibition,Core i7 which we all know well and five from a whole new family called Core i9 - all with open frequency multiplication upwards and full support soon from the consumer, and all on the same platform X299 New with a new LGA2066 chassis.
The Core i7-7800X will be the most basic and inexpensive model of the generation, with six physical processing cores that will operate at a basic frequency of 3.5GHz and a maximum turbo frequency of 4GHz and with support for HyperThreading which will provide 12 logical cores for applications that know how to utilize it, as well as 8.25MB of memory L3-level shared cache (and an entire megabyte of personal L2 cache per core), 28 PCI-Express 3.0 arteries that go directly from the CPU to the external connections on the motherboard, a massive 140-watt thermal shell and a price tag below $ 400. There is no built-in graphics core here, of course - as with all other HEDT processors Intel.
Core i7-7820X will offer eight physical processing cores and 16 logical cores at a base frequency of 3.6GHz which can reach up to 4.5GHz as part of the new Turbo Boost Max 3.0 technology (more on this below), 28 PCI-Express arteries and 11 Megabytes of L3 memory. The recommended price - $ 600, or $ 100 above the senior octagonal Ryzen model of AMD.
Core i9-7900X will equalize the previous record of Intel In the home market with 10 physical processing cores (and 20 logical ones), at a base frequency of 3.3GHz and an impressive maximum Turbo Boost Max frequency of 4.5GHz, a significantly increased amount of 44 PCI-Express 3.0 arteries coming from the processor, 13.75 megabytes of cache L3 - and a price tag of $ 1,000 (or $ 999, which is technically still a triple-digit sum), which heralds a huge cost cut relative to the XNUMX-core processor of the generationBroadwell-E.
The four supermodels Intel Will receive the names Core i9-7960X, Core i9-7940X, Core i9-7920X andCore i9-7980XE and will offer as aforesaid 12 physical cores (24 logical), 14 physical cores (28 logical), 16 physical cores (32 logical) and for dessert 18 physical processing cores (36 logical!) respectively, when specific working frequencies have not yet been revealed due to their availability It will only arrive in a few months - and it seems that the work of verifying and sorting the chips is still in progress without tough commercial decisions.
All of these models will enjoy a large 165-watt thermal casing, 44 PCI-Express 3.0 arteries and a very generous amount of L3 cache - as well as extremely massive price tags of $ 1200 for 12 cores, $ 1,400 for 14 cores, 1,700 $ 16 for the 2,000-core and $ 18 for the XNUMX-core - which is still a big discount compared to previous generations, if you look at the whole thing in terms of average price for each Core Available.
Best performance in any situation?
One of the most interesting new capabilities in Skylake-X, which should be available on all new models except theCore i7-7800X is the Turbo Boost Max 3.0, which has technically been introduced in the Broadwell-E generation under the nickname Favorite Core But in fact it was not activated Motherboard From the X99 platform - as part of which the system will be able to test which cores out of all the large quantity available are of the highest quality, ie consume the smallest amount of voltage at a given frequency and therefore emit less heat and give the potential to reach extremely high working frequencies.
The two best cores will be automatically tagged in each system and processor, and these will be the cores to which all applications capable of being based on a single core or pair of cores (i.e., a significant portion of the common modern applications on the market) will be transferred, and can enjoy 200 MHz and possibly More compared to the maximum frequency available in a situation where there is a greater amount of cores used by a single application - when in practice this situation is supposed to minimize the same strange performance test results in something that could be seen in processors Core i5 andCore i7 of the mainstream that achieve superior results over extreme slaves that cost several times as much. A nice touch for maximum performance - it will work as intended this time, we hope.
In addition, the new set of AVX512 commands support greater efficiency and performance than ever before for specific vector calculations, and should boost the performance of the new processors forward in support applications compared to previous models that support only the AVX and AVX2 commands.
Now, we feel that we are really ready for the arrival of the new Threadripper family of AMD, Which will finally determine the understanding that processors with 10 processing core become part of the world and our lexicon in gaming, editing and professional work from now on. Expect a lot more information on this subject very soon.