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Intel goes for the X-factor with 18-core i9 CPU

Intel has launched its X-series processor with 18-core i9 chips to accelerate the data-driven vision of the connected future.

By Hannah Williams

At this year’s opening keynote at Computex, Intel GM Gregory Bryant took to the Taipei stage to push Intel’s data-driven vision of the future. Such is this vision that Intel is willing to cast off the moniker of PC giant in favour of becoming a data company.

The GM went through the motions like any other big exec delivering a keynote – Bryant mentioned the anticipated 80 billion devices by 2025, autonomous cars becoming mainstream and how Intel wants to position itself, like other big tech, at the forefront of this data-driven revolution.

The race is on to grab a share of the lucrative ‘data-driven’ market, but Intel has an ace up its sleeve – its chips and hardware can power every segment of the data journey – from the cloud and network to the device.

In support of this vision, the chip giant Intel introduced the new Intel Core X-series processor family, which is designed to power performance at scale.

In a blog post, Bryant said: “The Intel Core X-series processor family introduces a series of firsts that reflect the extreme performance we are delivering. This family includes Intel’s first teraflop desktop CPUs, a prime example of just how much raw compute these processors can handle.

Read more: Intel’s Thunderbolt 3-for-all adds USB-C to all CPUs

“We’re also introducing the entirely new Intel Core i9 processor, representing the highest performance for advanced gaming, VR and content creation. At the top of the lineup is the new Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor – the first consumer desktop CPU with 18 cores and 36 threads.”

Intel also introduced a new X299 chipset, which includes more I/O and overclocking capabilities that enable Intel to launch HEDT processors on Skylake.

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This delivers high-performance rates as content creators are provided with fast image rendering, video encoding, audio production and real-time preview in order to spend less time waiting and more time creating.

For gamers, the new capabilities enable them to play games whilst also streaming, recording and encoding their gameplay that they can share on social media. This can be accessed with a selection of screens for a 12K experience that will include up to four graphic cards.

The GM also gave a sneak preview of the much anticipated 8th generation of Core processor-based devices later this year, which will drive performance at a rate of over 30% improvement compared to the 7th generation.

Other announcements include the release of always-connected PCs, which in collaboration with Microsoft, Intel delivers high performance with Windows experiences, longer battery life and connectivity all built-in to a thin PC.

Latest devices shown include Lenovo’s Yoga 720 with an H-series processor and Acer’s Predator Triton which has launched today.

Still innovating with connected devices, Intel also launched a new Compute Card that enables devices outside of PCs to be connected to VR headsets. The Intel Compute Card will begin shipping in August 2017.

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