The chip giant recently introduced in Computex 2017, its new high-performance processors framed in the Skylake-X series, a generation that as we know will have a new top of the range; Intel Core i9 18-core processors.
This processor uses the Skylake architecture that we have seen in LGA1151 socket versions, but it raises the count of cores to a maximum of 18, has a larger amount of cache memory, uses the LGA2066 socket with the X299 chipset, supports up to 44 PCI lines-E and can work with quad-channel memory configurations.
Intel had not given an exact launch date of the new Intel Core i9 18-core processors but it is clear that its intention was to put them in the market between summer and the end of the year, a plan that in the end will not be fulfilled since the chip giant itself has confirmed a delay that will affect mainly the most powerful models.
In the catalog of solutions Core i9 presented by Intel we can differentiate two large groups of products, those of high count of cores and the ones of low count of nuclei. The first are those with up to 12 cores and the second those with 14, 16 and 18 cores.
Well the most important delay is the one that will affect the processors with high count of nuclei, including that Core i9 of 18 nuclei, since as has commented a worker of ASUS in its official forums will not arrive until the beginning of 2018. On the other hand, the processors of low count of cores should arrive before ending this year.
AMD should introduce ThreadRipper throughout this summer, so unless those CPUs end up facing some delay they will have a golden opportunity to get ahead of the chip giant. If the rumors are over and the prices accompany those of Sunnyvale could hit the table.