The 10 Coolest Processors Of 2017

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Intel Core i9 X-series

Intel in May lifted the curtain on its new Core X platform of processors, a lineup that includes what it called "the most extreme desktop processor ever introduced.”

The company’s processor lineup is led by the new powerhouse Intel Core i9 processor brand, which features up to 18 cores and 36 threads and is targeted at top-of-the-line enthusiast systems. Intel said its Core i9 Extreme Edition 9-7980XE, which starts at $1,999, is best for such applications as advanced gaming, virtual reality and content creation.

Intel said that its new Core X lineup packs up to 10 percent faster multi-thread performance over its previous generation of chips, offering extreme performance and mega-tasking capabilities for gamers in the enthusiast segment.

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