Intel has changed the processor game by introducing its most powerful line of CPUs to date, including the highly-anticipated i9 processor.
The X-series promises to enable effortless 4K video rendering, as well as immersive VR gaming that unlocks the fledgling industry’s full potential.
It’s crowned by the Intel® Core™ i9 Extreme Edition, the world’s first consumer CPU with 18 cores and 36 threads. I know – the sheer magnitude of desktop processing power is mind-boggling.
“The possibilities with this type of performance are endless,” says Intel’s Gregory Bryant. “Content creators can have fast image rendering, video encoding, audio production and real-time preview – all running in parallel seamlessly so they spend less time waiting and more time creating.”
The chip will also open up a whole new universe of gaming, allowing for the seamless integration of up to four graphics cards, enabling the possibility of 4K output on three screens – at the same time.
Intel claims that its new generation of processors out-performs its predecessor by a whopping 30%, a statistic that may ultimately have to vindicate sky-high pricing. At $1 999, it's no ordinary buy.
The technology will likely be rolled out in coming months, in the form of integrated PC systems, as well as stand-alone chipsets and CPUs.