Intel has unveiled the Core i7 6950X, its first 10-core desktop CPU, which it claims will power the next generation of "mega-tasking" such as gaming and 4K video editing.
The company unveiled a new line of six-core, eight-core and 10-core processors at this year's Computex trade show in Taiwan.
The standout chip is the 14nm deca-core Broadwell-E Core i7-6950X, a CPU aimed at gaming enthusiasts that Intel claimed offers a 35 per cent increase in performance compared with the last-generation Haswell-based Intel Core i7-5960X. What's more, the firm said that the chip is 25 per cent faster than the previous i7 for gaming and 4K video editing.
The 10-core processor, which has two threads per core, runs at a base clock speed of 3GHz and reaches 3.5GHz with Intel's Turbo Boost Technology 3.0. This steers applications to the highest-performing core, giving single-threaded experiences a big performance boost.
Forty PCIe lanes connect directly to the CPU, including super-fast SSD storage and Thunderbolt 3, which makes it easier to connect multiple subsystems without compromising performance.
Gregory Bryant, corporate vice president and general manager of the connected home and commercial client at Intel, said: "With the Intel Core i7 processor Extreme Edition, we've built a monster platform.
"It will transform the way people play, work and create. Just as consumers are expanding what they do with their PCs, the Intel Core i7 processor Extreme Edition delivers a new level of capability, now with up to 10 cores of mind-blowing performance.
"It’s designed not just for multi-tasking, but for mega-tasking. Enthusiasts expect to push their systems with multiple compute-intensive applications at the same time. That’s exactly what we've delivered."
Intel pointed out that this is the perfect processor for virtual reality gaming on the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.
The other new processors include an eight-core i7-6900K costing $999 and two six-core chips, the 6850K and 6800K, priced at $587 and $412 respectively.
The company has also confirmed that it will launch the eagerly anticipated 7th-gen Kaby Lake processors by the end of the year.
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