Intel’s New Processor is the First Consumer Chip to Offer a Teraflop of Power

Meet the 18-core processor.

6. 4. 17 by Patrick Caughill
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A new crop of ultra-fast processors has arrived from Intel. The new chips boast some serious power, allowing for unprecedented levels of multitasking. Intel has unveiled the Core X-series of chips with the i9-7980XE leading the pack. This chip is the company’s first 18-core CPU and is capable of more than a teraflop of computing power.

However, that much power is certainly going to cost you. If the $1,999 price tag is a little steep, you may want to consider some of the other offerings in the series. There are also 10-, 12-, 14- and 16-core offerings costing as little as $999.

Granted the higher end of the series is not for the casual user, but more for those who have the will and resources to invest in that kind of raw power. The chip is ideal for those who require a lot out of their rigs, like gamers who wish to play in 4K while broadcasting or those who create and edit 4K video.

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An 18-core processor may be a far cry from the 1000-core processor created nearly a year ago at UC Davis, but it still packs more of a punch than most users will need in their lifetime. Still, the real future of computing lies in the quantum realm, which is, even in its earliest stages, already producing technology that’s outperforming conventional computers.

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