It has long been reported that Intel is going to expand its Core processor lineup to offer Core i9 models to customers who want even more performance. It has finally done that today. Intel announced its new family of high-end Core X desktop processors today at Computex 2017. The new family brings more powerful models of the existing Core i5 and Core i7 models as well as a new Core i9 line for those who require more power.
Intel is targeting its Core X platform of high-end processors towards gamers and content creators, the kind of people that actively seek out the best in PC technology. Intel has built almost all of the new Core X family on its updated Skylake platform that it calls Skylake X. The two 4 core models are built on Kaby Lake X architecture.
Intel has developed the Core X with scalability in mind so there are entry-level models with 4 cores and the top-of-the-line Core i9 Extreme model which according to Intel is the first consumer desktop processor to feature 18 cores and 36 threads.
The entry level model, Core i5-7640X, offers 4 cores and 4 threads for $242. The Core X i7 models are slightly more expensive with prices starting at $339.
Intel will be offering a total of five Core i9 models, including the Core i9 Extreme, with prices starting at $999 for the 12 core and 24 thread model to a whopping $1,999 for the 18 core and 36 thread model.