Intel Core i9 benchmarks: Core i7-7920X with 12C/24T

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We've been talking up Intel's upcoming High-End Desktop (HEDT) processor family for the past few weeks.

A new lineup of desktop CPUs equipped with an innovative high-end Core i9 processors with 12 cores could soon be unveiled by Intel. The leak that The Inquirer posted about this morning reveals six new Intel processors, two Kaby Lake-X processors with four cores running at a base clock of 4GHz or 4.3GHz depending on the model and TDPs of 112W. In the past, a raw number of cores hasn't corresponded well to usable power, but AMD's latest generation of Ryzen CPUs have offered great performance at a price much lower than what Intel can now charge.

Below that will be a chip called the Core i9-7900X.

The first of these products is the hexacore i9-7800X, packing 8.25 MB of L3 cache and quad DDR4-2666 RAM.

Intel's new Core i9 lineup will start things off with four units: the i9-7800X, the i9-7820X, the i9-7900x, and the i9-7920X, the most powerful of them all.

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The Core i7-7740K has HyperThreading support, comes with 8MB of L3 cache and works at 4.3GHz base and 4.5GHz Turbo clocks. The six-to-12-core variants will all be rated at a 140-watt thermal design power, while the quad-core chips will be rated at 112 watts. The core clocks are maintained at 3.3 GHz base, 4.3 GHz boost with Intel Turbo 2.0 and 4.5 GHz boost with Intel Turbo 3.0. These new cores have far less L3 cache than any current Intel HEDT chip - Intel's 10-core 6950X, for example, has 25MB of L3.

Along with these, there are Core i7 processors in the line.

Clearly, Core i9 CPUs would be replacing i7 as the top-tier CPUs. The former will include the full 44 PCI Express lanes of the top-end part, but the latter two only 28.

The average, relatively uninformed computer buyer (e.g., most computer buyers) will see that a system powered by a Core i7-7700K is a Core i7-based computer and that the Core i7-6900K-based machine also has a Core i7.

AMD, however, is very much aware of this and in fact, the company is even brewing up a 16-core processor with the Ryzen 7 1800X, which could also be a lot affordable than any Intel offering in possibly the same horsepower. The result from Intel has been swift, and awesome: a rumored new line of super-high-end CPUs, with technology improvements that should trickle down to everyone's laptop.

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