Due to the evolving needs of higher end post production workflows like 8K and virtual reality, there’s a practical arms race going on to provide processors and graphics cards that can work in tandem to shoulder the load that these workflows require. To that end, this week, Intel announced their most powerful processors yet, the 9th generation Intel Core-X series.
“Our goal is to deliver leadership performance across all computing segments and product lines,” said Anand Srivatsa, vice president and general manager, Desktop, Systems and Channel, within the Client Computing Group at Intel. “Whether a gamer, a creator or an expert using the most advanced workstation applications possible, Intel and our partners are focused on delivering balanced platforms with real-world leadership performance and robust capabilities that exceed their needs.”
The seven processors that are kicking off the Core-X series include i7-9800X, i9-9820X, i9-9900X, i9-9920X, i9-9940X, i9-9960X and i9-9980XE. The Core X series is Intel’s most scalable desktop platform for high end workflows and applications, with 8-18 cores, up to 36 threads, and 24.75MB of Intel Smart Cache. The result are processors with a base clock speed of tween 3.0-3.5Ghz, but which are also capable of operating at 4.5GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0 technology in single-core operation. Intel Turbo Boost identifies which cores are the fastest and directs the most critical workloads through them for maximum performance. Users can also manually direct workloads according to preferred priority.
Other features of the Core-X Processors include:
- 4 channels of DDR4-2666 RAM memory
- 8-18 cores, 16-36 threads
- 44 PCI Express Lanes
- PCI Express 3 support
- 19.25-24.75 MB of Intel Smart Cache
Benchmarks are improved in the 9th gen Cannon Lake processors, with improvements that include:
- Enabling more than 220 FPS
- With Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 delivering up to 5.0 GHz single-core frequency, gamers can enjoy their favorite games with up to 10 percent5 more FPS across popular gaming titles compared with the previous generation, as well as up to 37 percent more FPS compared with a 3-year-old PC6.
- Capture game play, transcode and stream while playing. With this type of megatasking, gamers can enjoy up to 11 percent7 more FPS compared with the previous generation and up to 41 percent more FPS compared with a 3-year-old PC8.
- Video editing improved on Adobe Premiere* – Up to 34 percent9 faster video editing compared with the previous generation and up to 97 percent faster compared with a 3-year-old PC10.
- Overall system performance improved up to 15 percent better as compared with previous generation and up to 40 percent as compared with a 3-year-old PC11.
- Overclock3 these new processors with the Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel® XTU), a precision tool for advanced overclocking, and take advantage of the additional thermal headroom with solder thermal interface material (STIM).
The Core-X series was announced alongside the Intel Core Cannon Lake (formerly Skymont) processors, which Intel designed for higher end gaming applications. Both are also capable of performing the high amount of calculations needed for the emerging technology of “photogrammetry,” which is a technique of taking thousands of photos of an object from every conceivable angle, and then stitching together to create a 3D object for use in virtual reality, visual effects, and even 3d printing. The result is the ability to pluck a design from the real world, and incorporate it into a virtual scene with a high amount of accuracy, detail, and subtle shades of dynamic range. But it is expected that the biggest clientele will be in gaming.
To house all that power, Intel is also announcing the new Intel® Z390 chipset. The Intel Z390 chipset includes high-speed integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 and integrated Intel® Wireless-AC with support for Gigabit Wi-Fi speed.
Prices for the Core-X Process range from $589 for the 8 core i7-9800x to $1,979 for the 18 core i9-9980XE. Prices for the consumer level Core Cannon Lake series begins at $262 for the entry level 6 core i5-9600K to $488 for the 8 core i9-9900K. All processors and motherboards with the Intel Z390 chipset are available for preorder now, shipping in November.