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Hooked On Horsepower: Intel To Sell 18-Core Processor For Speed Freaks

Hooked On Horsepower: Intel To Sell 18-Core Processor For Speed Freaks

Think your dinky quad-core computer is fast? Computer geeks are freaking out over the horsepower-heavy new processor unveiled by Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), which sports a blistering 18 cores and 36 threads.

“This is the most extreme desktop ever introduced,” Gregory Bryant, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group, wrote in a blog post.

The desktop platform blows the doors off the 16-core processor, the appropriately named “ThreadRipper” introduced by Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) two weeks ago. Intel pulled the wraps off the new processor at the Computex show in Taiwan on Tuesday.

It will retail for $1,999.

You Don’t Want One, You Need One

“In other words, do you really need to spend two-thousand-f(reaking)-dollars on an 18-core CPU? Almost certainly not,” wrote Gizmodo. “Does Intel care if every performance desktop junkie takes out a second mortgage to buy its crazy new chip? That’s highly unlikely.”

This is the computing equivalent of a Kawasaki Ninja H2R, the fastest production motorcycle in the world (with 300 horsepower and a top speed of 250 mph).

Intel, whose chip is the flagship of its Core-X series, is basically playing for bragging rights.

Engadget said the chip is “clearly not a chip you'll see in an average desktop. Instead, it's more of a statement from Intel.”

Then again, industry bible Wired said Intel is playing to a future filled with artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality.

“Intel’s Core i9 is the first consumer desktop processor to cram 18 cores and 36 threads into a single piece of silicon, a feat that enables the kind of full-throttle task-juggling that a world full of 4K video and virtual reality demands,” Wired said.

“Is an 18-core, 36-thread processor overkill for most people? Sure! But for the right applications, it could be a lifesaver.”

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