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Experience Extreme Performance Today with Arrival of Intel Core X-series Extreme Edition 18-core Processor, Alongside 14- and 16-core

Intel is announcing the availability of its 14-, 16- and 18-core processors – Intel® Core™ i9-7940X, Intel® Core™ i9-7960X and Intel® Core™ i9-7980XE processors – which begin shipping to ecosystem customers today. This final piece of the puzzle rounds out the availability of the Intel® Core™ X-series processor family, providing content creators and enthusiasts with the much-anticipated Extreme Edition, the most extreme desktop processor ever introduced.

While the entire Intel Core X-series processor family delivers on the promise of rich, immersive experiences that require significant compute power, the Extreme Edition brings a new level of power to content creators, enabling extreme mega-tasking, a platform for editing and rendering high-resolution 4K and virtual reality (VR) video, and a full studio on your PC.

With Intel Core X-series Extreme Edition processors, content creators can expect up to 80 percent better performance for VR content creation1 and up to 60 percent faster 4K video editing2 over the previous generation’s Extreme Edition.

Retailers now can offer the entire Intel Core X-series processor family.


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1As measured by Blender 2.78c BMW workload on Intel® Core™ i9-7980XE (18C/36T) vs. Intel® Core™ i7-6950X (10C/20T)

2As measured by Adobe Premiere Pro Workload on Intel® Core™ i9-7980XE (18C/36T) vs. Intel® Core™ i7-6950X (10C/20T)

Workload Description

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors.

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Blender Workload: Blender 2.78b is a popular open-source 3D renderer. This benchmark workload consists of a render of a ~3MB character model of BMW cars.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC Workload: The project folder contains 7 4K H.264 MP4 video clips recorded approx. 80Mbps, totaling 1.90GB. The video stream is 3840×2160 (4K) in H.264 format with a framerate of 29.97 FPS. The audio stream is 1536 Kbps, 48.0 KHz, 16 bit Stereo in WAV format. The performance test measures the time to export the entire clip to a 4K H.264 MP4 format. The output is a high quality 4K video file.


Core i9-7980XE (2.6GHz up to 4.4GHz, 18C/36T, 24.75MB, 165W TDP) measured on Motherboard: ASUS PRIME X299-DELUXE Bios 702, Memory: 4x8GB DDR4-2666, Storage: Intel SSD 600p 512GB, OS: Windows* 10 (RS2), Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1080Ti (Driver 384.94), Intel® Turbo Boost Max Driver Version, System Power Management Policy: High Performance

Intel® Core™ i7-6950X Processor (3.0GHz up to 3.5GHz, 10C/20T, 25MB, 140W TDP) measured on – Motherboard: ASRock X99M Extreme4, Memory: 4x8GB DDR4-2400, Storage: Intel 750 PCIe SSD -400GB, OS: Windows* 10 (RS2) , Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1080Ti (Driver, BIOS:BIOS P3.20 , Intel® Turbo Boost Max Driver Version, System Power Management Policy: High Performance

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