Intel i9 The Pro Tools PC

A New Intel i9 Series Of CPU’s Appear To Be On The Way

An apparent leak of new Intel i9 and i7 CPU's specs have just been posted online setting PC tech forums ablaze with chatter over the weekend

On Friday morning a long time anandtech.com forum member going by by the name of "sweepr" posted some rather intriguing details for some new Intel i9 Skylake-X 6, 8, 10 and 12 core Processors as well as some new Kabylake-X 4 core models, All appear to include hyperthreading doubling the core count except the Kabylake-X 7640K.

Accompanying the post was also a screen capture from what appears to be a PowerPoint presentation slide as you can see here:

Core i9 CPU's

Core i9-7920X
12C/24T
16.5MB L3
44 PCIe lanes
Clocks TBD (August Launch)

Core i9-7900X

10C/20T
13.75MB L3
44 PCIe Lanes
3.3Ghz Base
4.3Ghz Turbo 2.0
4.5Ghz Turbo 3.0!

Core i9-7820X

8C/16T
11MB L3
28 PCIe Lanes
3.6Ghz Base
4.3Ghz Turbo 2.0
4.5Ghz Turbo 3.0

Core i9-7800X

6C/12T
8.25MB L3
28 PCIe Lanes
3.5Ghz Base
4.0Ghz Turbo 2.0

Core i7 CPU's

Core i7-7740K
4C/8T
8MB L3
16 PCIe Lanes
4.3Ghz Base
4.5Ghz Turbo 2.0

Core i7-7640K
4C/4T
6MB L3
16 PCIe Lanes
4.0Ghz Base
4.2Ghz Turbo 2.0

Notable Points:

- L2 cache = 1MB (Skylake-X), 4x as much as Core i7-7700K
- Dual DDR4-2666 for Kaby Lake-X / Quad DDR4-2666 for Skylake-X
- 112W for Kaby Lake-X / up to 140W for Skylake-X
- Apparently all Core i9 parts support AVX-512 (TBC)
- Launch in June, except 7920X (August)

Here's Hexus.net's tabulated version of the data for better reading:

  Architecture

C/T

Base Clock

Boost Clock

L3 Cache

PCIe lanes

TDP

Core i9-7920X

Skylake-X

12 / 24

Unknown

Unknown

16.5MB

44

140W

Core i9-7900X

Skylake-X

10 / 20

3.3GHz

4.3GHz (Turbo 2.0)
4.5GHz (Turbo 3.0)

13.75MB

44

140W

Core i9-7820X

Skylake-X

8 / 16

3.6GHz

4.3GHz (Turbo 2.0)
4.5GHz (Turbo 3.0)

11MB

28

140W

Core i9-7800X

Skylake-X

6 / 12

3.5GHz

4.0GHz

8.25MB

28

140W

Core i7-7740K

Kaby Lake-X

4 / 8

4.3GHz

4.5GHz

8MB

16

112W

Core i7-7640K

Kaby Lake-X

4 / 4

4.0GHz

4.2GHz

6MB

16

112W

Hexus.net also mention the socket type as LGA 2066 meaning new motherboards all round if upgrading.

You can view the original post by "sweepr" here please let us know your thoughts and we'll do out best to keep you updated, We will of course be testing and approving new Core i9 Pro Tools PC's as soon as they and appropriate motherboards are available ensuring our customers always get the latest, fastest and most powerful systems for Pro Tools on the market.

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  • Matt Prince

    Yeah , only issue is it will cost 243x what Ryzen does. Ryzen is where my money is going to be at soon.

  • Price is always a concern but imho shouldn’t be the bottom line, Ryzens have so far proven not to be as good as intel at low latency heavy processing which is quite often where and when things really count with a lot of production situations, maybe its not such a requirement for you which is fine and maybe the Ryzen tech will mature to overcome these things but for now we know what works best for our systems and Pro Tools and want to make sure our customers get the most stable and reliable setups possible. We have a very good track record with that and want to keep it that way, Its early days for these new CPU’s and we’ll continue to monitor the situation and if at some point we believe them to be viable and supportable from all angles we’ll do something about it.

  • YYR123 – Daniel Christiansen

    These will be awesome as always……………but yes the price will be staggering for these.

    Doesn’t make me not want one…..but it won’t be cheap. I will probably get one of these used in about 3-4 years from now…. $^)