Partners: Intel's New Core X Platform Means 'The Race Is On' With AMD For Gamers, Enthusiasts

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Intel partners are cheering the company's new Core X desktop platform, launched Tuesday, saying the enthusiast lineup goes after AMD's products with new performance and multi-threading capabilities.

Intel said its new Core X platform equips gamers in the enthusiast segments with extreme performance and mega-tasking capacities – and it goes head-to-head with AMD's recently released "Threadripper" Ryzen processors.

"Intel's new Core X means the race is on," said Randy Copeland, president and CEO of Velocity Micro, a system builder and Intel partner based in Richmond, Va. "AMD certainly stepped up earlier this year with Ryzen, and Intel is punching right back with this impressive new Core X platform."

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Intel's processor lineup is led by the new Intel Core i9 processor brand, which has up to 18 cores and 36 threads and is targeted at enthusiast customers.  Intel's Core i9 Extreme Edition 9-7980XE, which start at $1,999 and is targeted for advanced gaming, virtual reality, and content creation.

The Core i9 Extreme Edition packs two more cores than AMD's Ryzen "Threadripper" processor, a 16-core, 32-thread model that the company said will launch this summer. While AMD has remained quiet on pricing, it said two weeks ago its workstation-class CPU will debut on a new motherboard platform and include support for four memory channels.

A spokesperson from AMD did not respond to a request for comment before publication.

The "competition between Intel and AMD has long been a critical driver in terms of pushing the envelope of performance limits, and never more so than today," Douglas Grosfield, founder and CEO of Five Nines IT Solutions, a Kitchener, Ontario-based Intel partner, told CRN in an email.

"As virtual reality and augmented reality gain traction in the gaming world and the entertainment market, [and] also in the enterprise space, technology advancements like the HEDT platform will pave the way for amazing content and capabilities," he said.

Intel's Core i9 family has four lower tiers of processors which range from 10-core to 16-core versions with prices from $999 to $1,699, respectively.

Intel also introduced new Core i7 X-series processors as part of its Core X lineup, ranging from $339 for a quad-core, 8-thread model to $599 for an 8-core, 16-thread model, and a quad-core Core i5 processor starting at $242.

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