Intel just introduced the company’s first 10-core desktop CPU, the $1,723 Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition at Computex Taipei. If the price brings tears to your eyes, let me tell you that it will run at 3GHz, achieving a turbo boost speed of 3.5GHz. It also features Intel’s new Turbo Boost 3.0 technology and pack in 25MB of cache.
When it comes to 3D rendering, this processor is twice as fast as the quad-core i7 6700K, and compared to the last-gen Core i7-5960X, it’s 35 percent faster. It’s 65 percent faster than that same quad-core chip and 25 percent faster than the former i7 for editing 4K video. When it comes to gaming in 4K, it’s 25 percent faster than the 5960X at broadcasting a 1080p Twitch stream.
You’ll get the new Extreme Edition of i7 in an 8-core version (the i7-6900K for $1,089), and 6-core version (the i7-6850K for $617 and the i7-6800K for $434). You can overclock them as you wish as they are naturally unlocked. All of them support DDR4-2400 RAM. It comes with a new concept of mega-tasking. So if you’re one of them who deal with a huge amount of content on a regular basis, this might be the ideal CPU for you. As for the rest of us, let us look elsewhere.