Intel's first 10-core desktop CPU will value $1,723
Now that the megahertz race has slowed down within the desktop processor world, the brand new race is all about increasingly cores. To that finish, Intel simply introduced its first 10-core desktop CPU, the Core i7-6950X Excessive Version, as we speak at Computex. (It is had 10-core Xeon CPUs for servers since 2011). The brand new processor will run at 3GHz (with increase speeds as much as three.5GHz), pack in 25MB of cache and have Intel’s new Turbo Increase three.zero know-how. Simply however be ready to pay via the nostril for the privilege of proudly owning it, as the ten-core i7 Excessive Version will run you $1,723.
So what does such an costly processor get you? Intel claims it is twice as quick because the quad-core i7 6700K with regards to 3D rendering, and 35 % quicker than the final-gen Core i7-5960X. In terms of modifying 4K video, it is sixty five % quicker than that very same quad-core chip and 25 % quicker than the earlier i7. On the gaming entrance, it is 25 % quicker than the 5960X relating to gaming in 4K whereas encoding and broadcasting a 1080p Twitch stream. Principally, for those who’re coping with large quantities of content material each day, it might be the perfect CPU for you.
The brand new Excessive Version of i7 processors may even be obtainable in an eight-core model (the i7-6900K for $1,089) and 6-core variants (the i7-6850K for $617 and the i7-6800K for $434). Naturally, they’re utterly unlocked, so you’ll be able to overclock them to your coronary heart’s content material. All the new chips additionally help DDR4-2400 RAM, a slight bump in speeds from the earlier-gen processors.
In case your head is spinning at the price of these chips, then they’re in all probability not for you. However for demanding customers, it places Intel a step forward of AMD, whose present excessive-finish processor tops out at eight cores (although it is notably cheaper any any of Intel’s chips). For those who’re out there for a brand new CPU and nonetheless need a respectable quantity of energy, Intel nonetheless has its “Efficiency Unlocked” line of i7 CPUs round, the 6600K ($242) and 6700K ($339).