Intel Unveils 18-Core Desktop CPU

Intel Unveils 18-Core Desktop CPU
The chipmaker has shown off a monstrously powerful consumer processor as part of a new Core i9 range.

(CCM) — Intel has launched a devastating strike against rival chipmaker AMD with the announcement of a hugely powerful consumer microprocessor. The Core i9 Extreme Edition chip, unveiled at the Computex show in Taipei, has 18 cores and 36 threads, and is the first desktop processor to offer a processing speed in excess of one trillion floating point operations per second. This dwarfs AMD's top-end Ryzen "Threadripper" chip, which has 16 cores and 32 threads.

The new Core i9 Extreme Edition chip will be targeted at PC enthusiasts, gamers, content creators, and particularly developers and consumers of virtual reality content. For example, the chip will enable developers to alter the lighting in a virtual world and then see the results of their code changes in real time. It will also be used as a marketing tool, enabling Intel to boast that it has the most powerful consumer CPU on the market — for now, at least.

The market for the chip is likely to be small in the near-term because most PC users have no need for the power that the Core i9 Extreme Edition offers. Intel already offers the Core i3 series for entry-level PCs, the Core i5 series for more powerful PCs, and the higher-end Core i7 series for game enthusiasts and users that require high performance from their computers.

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