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It’s evolving. Alienware’s Area-51 is back with new upgrades to accommodate Intel’s most demanding enthusiast CPU yet – the Core i9-7980XE. Sure, on the surface everything seems similar to previous iterations of the machine, but within something new courses through its veins. The new Alienware Area-51 R5 arrives with liquid cooled GPUs for the first time since the brand was introduced. This is the natural next-step for one of the most powerful gaming desktops. Additional cooling should allow for more performance to be squeezed out of its already impressive hardware to tackle... Read more...
If you've shopped for a custom built gaming desktops recently, you might have come across a company called Xidax, a relative newcomer to the boutique building scene. Xidax launched online in 2013, right in the midst of a resurgence in PC gaming. To some, it may have seemed downright crazy at the time to enter a market that had previously chewed up and spit out other players (does anyone remember Hypersonic?). But Xidax forged ahead anyway in hopes of rising in the ranks of brand recognition. Xidax is not quite there yet among the more established brands, though it is definitely more recognizable... Read more...
Over the last few months, Intel slowly divulged a number of details regarding the two processors we’ll be covering today, its flagship 18-core, behemoth Core i9-7980XE and its slightly smaller sibling, the 16-core Core i9-7960X. The fact that these two processors were in the works was officially disclosed all the way back in May, no doubt in an attempt to quell the impending AMD Threadripper firestorm, but specifics like frequencies, cache, and TDP were initially held back.Those specifications were eventually revealed, and some benchmarks leaked as well, but today we’ve got the full, official scoop.... Read more...
The Core i9-7980XE sits atop Intel's new line of high end desktop processors (HEDT) and is a monster chip with beastly specs. It is also the most expensive CPU in Intel's Core X-series, which consists of both Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X SKUs. Priced at $2,000 (MSRP), the Core i9-7980XE is not for the faint of wallet or purse. It is a tough sell when AMD's Threadripper CPUs seemingly offer a better bang-for-buck, though if someone is looking to justify splurging on Intel's flagship offering, a new set of benchmarks might do the trick. We will get to those benchmarks in a moment, but first let us recap... Read more...
Roman Hartung, the renowned overclocker who goes by the online moniker "der8auer," has ripped the integrated heatspreader (IHS) off of more than a few processors. The practice is known as delidding and one of the reasons why adventurous overclockers attempt the risky procedure is to replace the thermal interface material (TIM) with higher quality paste. It is also neat to see what a naked processor looks like, and to that end, der8auer posted an image to Facebook showing a delidded Intel Core i9-7920X processor. The Core i9-7920X is a high-end desktop (HEDT) chips based on Intel's performance oriented... Read more...
There is a certain audacity to owning an 18-core, 36-thread processor such as Intel's flagship Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition, and then overclocking it. Goosing the CPU's clockspeed is hardly needed when there is so much raw compute power underneath the heatspreader. Then again, why not put the pedal to the metal? That is what an overclocker on a Korean-language web forum did, and then he posted some benchmarks to boot. We will get to the overclock and subsequent benchmarks in a moment, but first let's recap some details about this processor. The Core i9-7980XE is based on Intel's high-end desktop... Read more...
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,... Read more...
After the full Core-X lineup was leaked late last month, Intel has officially confirmed the details surrounding the remaining processors in the family. We should mention that there aren’t any new surprises here with regards to specs, but you will want to keep an eye on the availability dates. The three remaining pieces to the Skylake-X puzzle are the Core i9-7940X, Core i9-7960X and Core i9-7980XE, which are 14-, 16- and 18-core processors respectively. While Intel had revealed pricing for all three processors when the Core X-Series was officially announced in May, final specs weren’t available... Read more...
Like a slow running faucet, detailed specifications for Intel's highest tier Core X-series processors—all of which are Skylake-X CPUs—have been slowly revealed one drip at a time. Last week, for example, Intel updated its Core X-series processor chart with clockspeeds for its Core i9-7920X. That still left us in the dark about the three remaining CPUs that sit above it, though a new leak may have divulged those details.The leak comes in the form of a photograph of Intel's Core X-series processor chart that has been fully fleshed out with core counts, threads, clockspeeds, L3 cache, PCIe 3.0 lanes,... Read more...
Over the next few months, Intel will be releasing an array of new high-end desktop processors in the recently-announced Core X Series, based on the Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X micro-architectures. The first chips in the series to arrive in the lab are the 10-core Core i9-7900X and quad-core Core i7-7740X. We’ve got an array of benchmarks and overclocking data on tap with the processors, but due to some unexpected shipping issues, we weren't able to complete all of the test we would have liked. Rest assured, we’ll update this piece as soon as we can with a full set of numbers -- it will just take... Read more...
Intel officially rolled out its brand new Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors earlier this week as part of its Core-X family. Processors range from the “lowly” $242 Core i5-7640X to the monster Core i9-7980XE, which is priced at $1,999. Right smack dab in the middle of the lineup is the Core i9-7900X, which has a base clock of 3.3GHz, Turbo Boost 2.0 clock of 4.3GHz and Turbo Boost Max 3.0 clock of 4.5GHz. However, extreme enthusiasts are not content with mere stock speeds, which is why we are happy to report that the Core i9-7900X has already been overclocked to insane speeds, and is shattering... Read more...
We’ve heard rumors regarding Intel’s upcoming Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X processors for the past few months, but today it's finally time for the official roll-out of these new flagship Intel CPUs. We were no doubt impressed by the initial specs that leaked (especially over the past week), but the final product may actually be a bit more impressive than we initially thought.Intel bills these new Core i5 X-Series, Core i7 X-Series, Core i9 X-Series, and Core i9 Extreme Edition processors as its “Most Powerful, Most Scalable” desktop processors to date. We’ve known for a few weeks now that Intel would... Read more...
We are expecting there to be some exciting announcements at Computex next week, one of which might include Intel's next generation X299 platform for Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X, the company's new generation of high-end desktop (HEDT) processors. Whether that actually happens at Computex or not, there is little doubt we are getting close to an official launch, as the first leaked images of X299 motherboards have found their way to the web.The images all belong to Gigabyte and its Aorus brand for gamers. At the top of the stack is the X299 Aorus Gaming 9 that is decked out in RGB lighting and no less... Read more...
We are getting close to the launch of Intel's next generation of High-End Desktop (HEDT) processors, namely Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X, the latter of which will carry new Core i9 branding. Intel has shared scant information about its forthcoming processors, though as usual the Internet community at large has picked up the slack. In this case, a benchmarking database has seemingly revealed new details about one of Intel's Core i9 chips.That chip in question is the Core i9-7900X. Previous leaks pegged this Skylake-X part as having 10 cores and 20 threads clocked at 3.3GHz, with the ability to reach... Read more...
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