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Intel’s high-core-count Core i9 X-series processors are live for pre-order now

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Intel has opened up pre-orders for its first salvo of Kaby Lake Core X-Series processors, so you can now reserve a beefy CPU, with shipping beginning on June 26 – just a week today.

We first witnessed the revelation of Core X at Computex a few weeks back, with the range boasting some monster multi-core processors running all the way up to an 18-core Core i9 CPU – but the latter beast isn’t available to order yet.

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Rather, the initial batch of Core X models on sale run from quad-core to 10-core efforts, with five of them shipping next week (and four more to follow). Those five CPUs are the following: Core i5-7640X, Core i7-7740X, Core i7-7800X, Core i7-7820X, and finally the Core i9-7900X, which is the 10-core offering.

Intel claims this latter model offers up to 14% faster multi-thread performance and 15% better single-thread performance compared to its predecessor 10-core CPU (Core i7-6950X), as benchmarked on SPEC CPU2006.

Here’s the full breakdown of the entire range of processors and pricing:

  • Intel Core i5-7640X (4.0-4.2GHz, 4-core, 4-threads): $242 (about £180, AU$320)
  • Intel Core i7-7740X (4.3-4.5GHz, 4-core, 8-threads): $339 (about £270, AU$450)
  • Intel Core i7-7800X (3.5-4.0GHz, 6-core, 12-threads): $389 (about £310, AU$515)
  • Intel Core i7-7820X (3.6-4.3GHz, 6-core, 12-threads): $599 (about £470, AU$795)
  • Intel Core i9-7900X (3.3-4.5GHz, 10-core, 20-threads): $999 (about £790, AU$1,325)
  • Intel Core i9-7920X (12-core, 24-threads): $1,199 (about £950, AU$1,590)
  • Intel Core i9-7940X (14-core, 28-threads): $1,399 (about £1,100, AU$1,855)
  • Intel Core i9-7960X (16-core, 32-threads): $1,699 (about £1,340, AU$2,250)
  • Intel Core i9-7980XE (18-core, 36-threads): $1,999 (about £1,580, AU$2,651)

Intel’s higher-core-count processors aren't included in this initial wave of pre-orders, but the company promises they will follow shortly. The 12-core Intel Core i9-7920X will come first with shipping expected to begin in August. In October, we can expect the Intel Core i9-7940X, Intel Core i9-7960X and 18-core Intel Core i9-7980X Extreme Edition.

As you’re probably aware, these CPUs are Intel’s answer to AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper processors which go up to 16-core models.

Darren Allan contributed to this article

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Kevin Lee was a former computing reporter at TechRadar. Kevin is now the SEO Updates Editor at IGN based in New York. He handles all of the best of tech buying guides while also dipping his hand in the entertainment and games evergreen content. Kevin has over eight years of experience in the tech and games publications with previous bylines at Polygon, PC World, and more. Outside of work, Kevin is major movie buff of cult and bad films. He also regularly plays flight & space sim and racing games. IRL he's a fan of archery, axe throwing, and board games.