Intel announced today its first 10-core CPU the Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition at Computex in Taiwan. This is a powerful desktop processor which runs at 3GHz and can boost up to 3.5GHz and has 25MB of cache. The boost is controlled by the company’s new Turbo Boost 3.0 technology. The 10-core i7 Extreme Edition will cost you a whopping $1,723.
AMD, whose current high-end processor tops out at eight cores is now a step behind Intel with this monster processor. The company announced that these Kaby Lake processors, along with its Apollo Lake processors, have already gone into production and are aimed at a release later this quarter. Its Optane memory technology will go into production this year, it added. The 7th generation Intel Core processors are built on the 14nm fabrication process, and are part of the ‘semi-Tock’ release – neither in the Intel Tick or Tock cycle. and come with Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 for more efficient core allocation for single-threaded processes, giving up to 15 percent better performance compared to the previous Haswell-E generation. All four new Intel Core i7 Enthusiast processors, codenamed Broadwell-E, support 40 PCIe lanes, quad-channel memory, and bear a TDP of 140W.
As an example (based on its own benchmark tests), Intel says 4K video editing and 360 degree video creation is 25 percent faster than with the previous generation chips. PC gamers will also be able to play in 4K, live stream on Twitch in 1080p, capture gameplay footage and then transcode it and upload it to YouTube about 25 percent faster on Broadwell-E.
Intel also introduced three other 7th generation Intel Core i7 Enthusiast Broadwell-E processors, the 6900K, 6850K, and 6800K. The $1,089 Intel Core i7-6900K has eight cores, 16 threads, a base clock of 3.2GHz, a Turbo Boost clock speed of 3.7GHz, and a 20MB L3 Cache. The $617 Intel Core i7-6850K has six cores, 12 threads, a base clock of 3.6GHz, a Turbo Boost clock speed of 3.8GHz, and a 15MB L3 Cache. The $434 Intel Core i7-6800K has six cores, 12 threads, a base clock of 3.4GHz, a Turbo Boost clock speed of 3.6GHz, and a 15MB L3 Cache.