The chip giant is working on its next generation Extreme series processors based on the Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X architectures, successors of the current Broadwell-E, and thanks to new information from sources, we have been able to confirm that there will be a top of the range known as Intel Core i9-7980XE that will add nothing more and nothing less than 18 cores and 36 threads.
This is an important change since the first information indicated that the top of the new generation would have a maximum of 12 cores and 24 threads, a figure that represented a small jump compared to the 10 cores and 20 threads of Core i7 6950X but which he was far behind the cores 16 and 32 threads that bring the ThreadRipper AMD.
We still do not know the working frequencies of Intel Core i9-7980XE processor, but chances are that Intel has chosen to maintain about 3 GHz base frequency to prevent the TDP from rising above 165W. By contrast turbo mode should be around 3.6-3.8 GHz maximum.
In the box that we can see the whole new range of processors that will form the series Skylake-X (Core i9) and Kaby Lake X (Core i7). The attached image also includes information that confirms everything we have been seeing previously, such as TDP, PCI-E lines, the new LGA-2066 socket and maintenance of DDR4 support at 2666 MHz in quad channel.
We do not have information on the prices of Intel Core i9-7980XE, but we must be clear from now that these are “extreme” and high performance solutions and that generally the least powerful models of six cores are at least 503 dollars. By contrast the most powerful solutions of the current generation cost 2012 dollars, so it would not be strange that the Intel Core i9-7980XE ends up surpassing 2235 dollars.