Skylake is that the codename for Intel’s sixth-generation vary of Core laptop computer and desktop computer processors. They’ve already been outmoded by the seventh-generation CPUs. however Skylake is not dead nonetheless. No. Intel has launched Skylake X CPUs, that square measure the high-end enthusiast versions.

Interestingly, Intel is not exploitation the Core i7 stigmatization because it has worn out previous years however add a brand new number: nine. The Core i9 vary may be in response to AMD’s Ryzen processors, that were named to appear kind of like Intel’s Core i5 and i7 ranges.

Rather than cut profit margins and contend on value, Intel could be making an attempt to position the new chips as ‘better than Ryzen 7’ by employing a higher range. AMD, of course, has already declared its Threadripper vary, that is anticipated to be branded Ryzen nine. Intel has trumped AMD’s 32-core flagship chip with the 36-core i9-7980XE monster, however AMD may be keeping an analogous chip covert for currently.

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 same the new processors would air sale “in the approaching weeks”. *That applies to the Core i9-7900X downward. The i9-7920X can persist sale in August, whereas the highest 3 chips do not nonetheless have a political candidate unharness date. Originally, Skylake processors (including the Core i7-6600K and Core i7-6700K) went on sale on five August 2015, and also the locked-multiplie desktop chips launched at the beginning of Sep 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 longsighted can note that there square measure 3 Core i7 models in this chart: Skylake-X is not only Core i9. (However, the i7-7740X is predicated around a Kaby Lake Core). there is additionally one Core i5 model. These cheaper processors square measure aimed toward enthusiasts United Nations agency need associate overclockable processor on a tighter budget. they need 1MB of L2 Cache, that is fourfold the maximum amount because 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:

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