Reviews of Intel’s Core i9-7900X will go live today, but a couple of UK sites unconcerned about NDAs jumped the gun this weekend, so acknowledging that here at TechSpot we’ve been left out of the loop for a few more days due to a shipment delay of our CPU samples (in-house review coming in a few days, we promise), here’s some preliminary information that’s already available at Bit-tech and Hexus.
The Core i9-7900X is a 10-core/20-thread chip, coming at the same $1000 price as earlier Extreme Edition models such as the Core i7-965 EE. This first Core i9 chip will operate all cores at a base frequency of 3.3 GHz, TurboBoost 3.0 to up to 4.5 GHz, and a huge 10 MB L2 cache. The chip has been given a 140 watt TDP rating, with quad-channel memory support and 44 PCIe lanes.
The initial lineup coming out this month includes two Kaby Lake-X processors — Core i5-7640X and Core i7-7740X — and three Skylake-X chips — Core i7-7800X, Core i7-7820X and Core i9-7900X.
- $249: Core i5-7640X: 4C/4T, 4GHz-4.2GHz, 6MB cache, 16 PCIe lanes
- $339: Core i7-7740X: 4C/8T, 4.3GHz-4.5GHz, 8MB cache, 16 PCIe lanes
- $389: Core i7-7800X: 6C/12T, 3.5GHz-4GHz, 8.25MB cache, 28 PCIe lanes
- $599: Core i7-7820X: 8C/16T, 4.3GHz-4.5GHz, 11MB cache, 28 PCIe lanes
- $999: Core i9-7900X: 10C/20T, 4.3GHz-4.5GHz, 13.75MB cache, 44 PCIe lanes
Core i9 models sporting 12, 14 and 16-cores will become available later in the year at even less attainable prices. In the meantime, here are some performance graphs from Bit-tech and Hexus, you can visit those two sites for more performance figures. As a side note, we hear from fellow reviewers that until the very last minute these new Intel CPUs were having motherboard issues, with new BIOS revisions being issued this past weekend improving performance quite a bit.