Intel's new Extreme Core i7 is their first desktop CPU to feature 10 coresBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 31 May 2016 | Categories: news
The first day of Computex 2016, saw Asus dominate much of the talk with their newest range of consumer products. The early part of day two, however, has seen CPU manufacturers make the biggest splash. To that end, Intel took the stage in Taipei to debut their new Extreme Core i7 CPU, specifically designed for desktop users.
Its official designation is the Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition, and it currently touts 10 cores. It's the company's first desktop CPU to feature 10 cores, even though Intel's Xeon CPUs, specifically designed for server use, have had 10 cores since 2011, as Engadget notes.
According to Intel, the new chip will run at 3.0 GHz, but also features an extra jolt of speed of up to 3.5 GHz should the need arise, thanks to the company's new Turbo Boost 3.0 technology. Added to this, Intel says it has double the processing speed of its quad-core i7 6700K offering in terms of 3D rendering. For gamers' interest, it is reportedly 25% faster than the i7 5960X when it comes to 4K gaming while encoding and streaming 1080p quality via Twitch. As such, it seems like quite the multitasker, given how much Intel is talking it up.
What will all this Extreme-ness cost you? The top of the range (10 core) i7-6950X Extreme Edition will retail for an estimated $1723, although a precise release date has not been mentioned. If that's a bit too rich for your blood, Intel is also readying an eight core and six core version. The former, i7-6900K is expected to cost $1089, and six core offering will be available in the i7-6850K and i7-6800K models at $617 and $434 respectively.
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