Here’s why you’re going to want one of these new Core i9 processors:
- The Core i9 will include an unprecedented 18-core model, in addition to 10-, 12-, 14- and 16-core versions. That refers to the number of individual processing units and means the CPU can handle more distinct tasks at once.
- These new chips include Intel’s updated Turbo Boost 3.0, which allows the CPUs to temporarily increase their power for short bursts without overheating.
- Desktops and DIY kits with Intel’s new X299 motherboard chipset will be available right away, so there’s no delay on building your own Core i9 rig.
- Intel designed a new liquid cooling system, called TS13X to keep these 140-watt TDP chips under control (but you’ll have to buy it separately for about $100).
- Intel says these will be up to 15-percent faster than the former enthusiast CPU family, Broadwell-E.
But, despite all that, here’s why you’re probably not going to get one of these new Core i9 CPUs.
- They’re insanely expensive. Intel estimates $1,999 for the 18-core Core i9-7980XE, on top of the cost of the rest of your PC. Other Core i9 CPUs will cost $999-$1,699.
- These chips are desktop-only, at least for now. That means laptop, tablet and hybrid fans are out in the cold.
- Newer, faster Intel chips are on the horizon, as Intel is already teasing the not-yet-official eighth-gen “Coffee Lake” Core i-series CPUs, which it hints will be 30 percent faster than the current seventh-gen chips.