What is it about Intel’s Core i9 processor?

For years, Intel’s Core processor series has had three performance tiers: i3, i5, and i7. But after several disappointingly small performance iterations, Intel announced a new king of the CPU: the Core i9 processor. Waoo!!!! Let's check, what's new on the tech game.

The i9 series can boost the total core and thread count over all of Intel’s previous consumer-grade processors. The introductory i9-7900X has 10 cores and 20 threads (the same as the previous i5 and i7), with the bigger and better upgrades in the i9-7920X, i9-7940X, i9-7960X, and i9-7980XE processors offering 12, 14, 16, and 18 cores, respectively. At the top most, that should result in a massive boost in both pure processor speed and multi-tasking ability.

Core i9 series supports quad-channel DDR4 memory at speeds of up to 2.6GHz, considerably faster than the previous Core i7 chips. It uses a base clock of 3.3GHz with Intel’s Turbo Boost 3.0 bumping it up to 4.5GHz under ideal conditions, this takes control before any kind of end-user overclocking which is encouraged, thanks to the X-series’ unlocked status.

How Much Faster Is It?

While the bottom-rung 7900X processor is only in pre-order at the moment (it’ll probably be coming to retailers sometime in the next few weeks), some tech publications have already put it through its paces. Early benchmarks show approximately 10-15% improvement over previous flagship offerings. That’s fast enough to be “the fastest consumer CPU ever produced by Intel,” according to PC World.

Threadripper and other Ryzen chips are unlikely to de-throne Intel in terms of pure speed. But then, unless you’re building an industrial-level server or constantly editing 4K video, you don’t really need that much power anyway. For typical enthusiasts and gamers, AMD might win quite a few hearts and minds with competitive performance at much lower prices; the 16-core version of Threadripper is rumored to cost $850, approximately half of the equivalent Core i9 chip.


Just as i conclude

That said, the PC enthusiasts for whom money is no object have already earmarked funds for that new gaming PC, and they certainly don’t need my permission to upgrade. If you’re planning on creating a ludicrously powerful computer with Intel’s new i9 chips, the only thing you need to wait for is a release date. You'll have the standard measures of gamers all on you. No PC freezes, High perfomance, Perfect graphics reliable for gamers,  ....only to mention just a few.