Nearly six years ago in November of 2011, Intel divided its lineup by releasing its first HEDT (High-End Desk-Top) in the form of the X79 platform and a trio of Sandy Bridge-E CPU’s with the flagship 6-core Extreme Edition Core i7-3960X. The platform eventually received an update to Ivy Bridge-E with three new CPUs. Three years later, the updated X99 platform was launched with another trio of Haswell-E CPU’s with the 8 core i7-5960X, later to be trumped with Broadwell-E’s 10-core i7-6950X. Fast-forward just under 3 years and Intel brings us X299. This time however, Intel changed the game and announced NINE different CPU’s over a stagger launch. Spanning 2 architectures at the same time, Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X, X299 hits the ground with a starting lineup from quad core to 18 cores, up to quad channel ddr4 memory and up to a hefty 44 PCIe lanes.
While we wait for the remaining Sky Lake-X CPU’s to arrive, we’ll take a look at one offering near the middle of the shotgun pattern launch with the 8 core, 16 thread Intel Core i7-7820X. Does it compare to the retiring 8 core champion of X99? We certainly aim to find out!
ProClockers would like to thank Intel for sending us the i7-7820X to check out!
Intel's take on the 7th Generation Core HEDT processors
Intel® Core™ X-Series Processor Family
Something for every enthusiast! The new Intel® Core™ X-series processor family is designed to scale to your performance needs by delivering options between 4 to 18 cores for extreme performance, the latest technological advancements and headroom for the future. This platform comes ready to install Intel® Optane™ memory and Intel® Optane™ SSDs for amazing system responsiveness. Support for immersive 4K visuals, four channel DDR4 2666 memory, Thunderbolt™ 3 delivering a 40Gb/s bi-directional port for almost any peripheral you want to connect and up to 8 SATA ports for a RAID storage array makes this the ultimate desktop platform.
Game, Stream, Record
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Your creativity is limitless, and once you are in the flow of ideas, you need a system that will keep up. You need the uncompromising performance in a PC powered by the Intel® Core™ X-series processor. The Intel® Core™ X-series processor family with 8, 12 or even 18 cores delivers amazing performance when multiple real-time workloads are stacked. Spend more time creating while your Intel® Core™ X-series processor powered system simultaneously handles uploading massive 4K files, rendering effects and other compute intensive workloads in the background. And with the updated Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, you have the control to give priority to the apps that need the power of the two best performing cores. Quad channel memory also delivers improved responsiveness and decreases start up time when you are working with large files and content creation applications. With an Intel® Core™ X-series processor you can focus on creating with the confidence that your results will be as remarkable as you imagined.