Intel Core i9-7920X 12-Core Skylake-X Processor Makes Geekbench Cameo Appearance

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When it comes to the high-end desktop market (HEDT), the gloves are coming off. Both Intel and AMD are ready to duke it out, with the former offering processors with up to 18 cores and 36 threads, while the latter is countering with up to 16 cores and 32 threads. Up until this point, the most potent member of Intel’s Core X-Series that has been released to the public has been the Core i9-7900X, but the next chip on deck is the Core i9-7920X.

Luckily for us, that exact chip has made its way over to Geekbench, giving us a preliminary look at what kind of performance is possible from this 12-core, 24-thread beast. The benchmark confirms the 2.9GHz base clock for the chip, and Intel has already told us that it will have Turbo Boost 2.0 and Turbo Boost 3.0 frequencies of 4.3GHz and 4.4GHz respectively.

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Getting down to brass tacks, the Core i9-7920X was running on an ASUS X299 motherboard and paired with 32GB of DDR4 memory. When the checkered flag was waved, the chip put in a single-core score of 5172 and a multi-core score of 32776.

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Those figures in a vacuum don’t really tell you anything, so let’s compare them to its other family members. Here’s the Core i9-7900X (10 cores):

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And here’s the Core i9-7960X (16 cores):

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As you can see, the numbers are all over the place, which could be in part due to unoptimized motherboards or this being an engineering sample that is just having a bad “Geekbench” day. Whatever the case, we’ll be watching closely once August 28th approaches, and you’ll want to watch this space for HotHardware’s own review of the Core i9-7920X.

When the Core i9-7920X does arrive later this month, it will be priced at $1,199. For comparison, the 12-core, 24-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X has an MSRP of $799 and launches tomorrow.