Intel unveils powerful new 10-core CPU for 4K and VR gaming

by on June 1, 2016

Stephan Jukic – June 1, 2016

Intel, the processing chip technology giant, has announced an “Extreme Edition” of its new i7 line of high powered processers for desktops and laptops. The new 10-core version of the i7 has been designed with 4K and VR gaming applications firmly in mind.

The Intel announcement for the new line of ultra-powerful CPUs came at the Computex event in Taiwan earlier this week and the new i7 chips include a 10-core processing CPU for desktop machines as well as several other models, all under the Extreme Edtion banner and all designed for 4K gaming graphics and virtual reality gaming. The new chipsets are also designed to handle ultra HD content creation and editing along with 360 degree video rendering.

At the very top of the Extreme Edition lineup sits the i7-6950X CPU, with a whopping 10 cores with each sporting 3GHz and a 25MB cache. Next down from this king of the Extreme Edition processors is the i7-6900K, which offers eight cores at 3.2GHz along with the same 25MB cache and next up after that are two other processing chips with six cores at 3.6GHz and 3.4HGz respectively, with each of these last CPUs sporting 15MB caches.

All four of the new i7 CPU models support four channels of DDR4 RAM, Intel’s new Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 and other select design features that are integral to i7 CPU technology. Turbo Boost Max in particular is useful in the Extreme Edition because it guides any connected applications on a PC towards using the highest performing core of a CPU. This in turn boosts performance of single threaded tasks.

Additonally, all four of the new Extreme Edition CPUs are unlocked right out of the box, so people who love to overclock can go ahead with whatever they’d like to do.


According to Intel, the new Extreme Edition i7 CPUs are built for “mega-tasking”, meaning that they’re designed to handle multi-tasking for seriously processing hungry jobs that would normally slow down a computer’s performance. In this regard, the new i7 chips are tuned nicely to the needs of modern high-performance PC gaming since it’s becoming so processer-hungry and will only continue in this trend as VR and 4K graphics technologies integrate more with the latest in PC gameplay.

The i7 chipsets are also useful as powerful tools for content creators who work heavily with 4K animated graphics and video editing or who create high definition and Ultra HD 360 degree videos. For these sorts of applications, the multiple-4K monitor support of the Extreme Edition CPUs comes in handy.

According to Gregory Bryant, corporate VP and general manager at Intel, “With a rapidly growing community of more than 1.3 billion people worldwide, gaming isn’t just about playing anymore — gamers are live-streaming, posting highlights online and extending their fan bases,”. Bryant then explains that because of this the i7 chips are ready for the near future: “With up to 10 cores and 20 threads of performance, it’s possible to work on virtually every aspect of a project simultaneously. Here, mega-tasking means staying in the groove without the system becoming a roadblock.”

Of course, the new i7 Extreme Edition chipsets also aren’t at all cheap, as should be expected. The top model, the 10-Core i7-6950X CPU will be retailing for $1,700. All four new Extreme Edition models will be available on a still unspecified date in July.

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