Intel’s New Core X-Series CPUs Are 18-Core 4K Capable Monsters For Pro Video Editing
Stephan Jukic – August 14, 2017
Intel already dominates the high-powered PC CPU market and particularly popular processors for some of today’s newest high-end laptops and PCs (particularly of the kind that come with 4K display technology) are those of the brand’s 7th Generation Core i7 models. These in particular come with a number of specs that make them ideal for handling 4K video in PC devices and not just in terms of graphics. Their support for associated codecs and 4K support technologies like HEVC and HDCP 2.2 also allow for consumer 4K content streaming in some notebooks and PCs.
Now, in keeping with the already well established leadership position in the CPU market, Intel has recently unveiled some even more monstrously powerful processors in its newest X-Series models, and they’re truly something to behold. Some of the X-Series models offer up a whopping total of 18 cores and 36 compute threads each and while they’re also going to be expensive given how much power they deliver, few rival CPUs can really match what Intel is doing with some of these processors.
Thew new socket 2066 chips will start off in the form of the i5-7640X model and from there continue up in price and sheer power to the i9-7980XE, which is the single most powerful model of the bunch at a massive 18 cores and more than double that amount of compute threads. Lower down, the X-Series come in 4, 6, 8, 10, 14 and 16 core versions at different prices. It’s also worth noting that while some of the X-Series models come with the same names as some of Intel’s Kaby Lake chips (ie: i5, i7), the X-Series are their own distinct new models, as the image below shows:
With the specs that come packed into them, the new X-Series chipsets are particularly powerful for graphics-intensive uses such as gaming and content creation most of all, depending on the model being examined. Thus, for example the four-core i7-7740X chipset with 8 threads is ideally suited for gaming in laptops and PCs while the more powerful 12, 14, 16 and 18 core models will work exceptionally well for the needs of professionals who want to do graphics rendering and video edition in 4K resolution or with other graphic enhancements. Given that 4K video and graphics editing suites today are sometimes built to take advantage of as many cores as a PC can offer them, the X-Series models from Intel are primarily designed for handling just that sort of task. Intel’s own marketing for some of the X-Series chipsets is in fact aimed squarely at high-end video content creation and virtual reality creation professionals.
As Intel’s own promotional material states it:
“With up to 18 cores and 36 threads the Intel® Core™ X-series processor family is our most powerful ever. Turn your PC into a studio: produce amazing 4K or 360-degree videos, stunning photos, or amazing music. This is the ultimate tool for gaming and virtual reality experience the power to do it all.”
The X-Series CPU lineup of chips will start becoming available as of September and their prices will range quite drastically: the cheapest i5 chip will sell for just $242 while the next-up i7 range of chips with between 4 and 8 cores will range in price from $339 to $599. The most powerful i9 models will start at 10 cores and retail for a base price of $999 but the priciest of these, which marks the top of the X-Series lineup, will feature the above-mentioned 18 cores, 36 compute threads and a price tag of $1,999.
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