In this article, we discus about Intel Core i9 features and specification. Skylake is the code name for Intel’s sixth-generation range of Core laptop and desktop PC processors. They’ve already been superseded by the seventh-generation CPUs. But Skylake isn’t dead yet. No. Intel has launched Skylake X CPUs, which are the high-end enthusiast versions.

Interestingly, Intel isn’t using the Core i7 branding as it has done in previous years but add a new number: 9. The Core i9 range could be in response to AMD’s Ryzen processors, which were named to seem similar to Intel’s Core i5 and i7 ranges.

Intel Core i9 release date, features, specs

Rather than cut profit margins and compete on price, Intel might be trying to position the new chips as ‘better than Ryzen 7’ by using a higher number. AMD, of course, has already announced its Threadripper range, which is expected to be branded Ryzen 9. Intel has trumped AMD’s 32-core flagship chip with the 36-core i9-7980XE monster, but AMD could be keeping a similar chip under wraps for now. Pricing will be key, though, and the $1999 i9-7980XE will hit any wallet hard.

When is the Core i9 release date? Release date: June 2017*

At the chips’ launch at Computex 2017, Intel said the new processors would be on sale “in the coming weeks”. *That applies to the Core i9-7900X downwards. The i9-7920X will go on sale in August, while the top three chips don’t yet have an official release date. Originally, Skylake processors (including the Core i7-6600K and Core i7-6700K) went on sale on 5 August 2015, and the locked-multiplie desktop chips launched at the start of September 2015.

What are the Core i9 models and specifications?

Core i9Core i9Core i9Core i9Core i9 Core i7Core i7Core i7
Model7980XE7960X7940X7920X7900X7820X7800X7740X
Cores / Threads18/3616/3214/2812/2410/208/166/124/8
L3 CacheTBCTBCTBC16.5MB13.75MB11MB8.25MB8MB
PCIe lanesTBCTBCTBC4444282816
Base clockTBCTBCTBCTBC3.3GHz3.6GHz3.5GHz4.3GHz
Turbo 2.0TBCTBCTBCTBC4.3GHz4.3GHz4.0GHz4.5GHz
Turbo 3.0TBCTBCTBCTBC4.5GHz4.5GHzN/AN/A
MemoryTBCTBCTBCTBCQuad channel DDR4 2666Quad channel DDR4 2666Quad channel DDR4 2666Dual Channel DDR4 2666
TDP165WTBCTBC140W140W140W140W112W
Price$1999$1699$1399$1199$999$599$389112W

The eagle-eyed will note that there are three Core i7 models in that chart: Skylake-X isn’t just Core i9. (However, the i7-7740X is based around a Kaby Lake Core).  There’s also a single Core i5 model. These cheaper processors are aimed at enthusiasts who want an overclock able processor on a tighter budget. They have 1MB of L2 Cache, which is four times as much as the Core i7-7700K. All Core i9s support quad-channel DDR4-2666 RAM.

X299 chipset: Here’s how the X299 chipset compares with the X99 chipset:

Intel Core i9 release date, features, specs

Intel Core i9 release date, features & specification

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