We first got CPUs with two cores and even ways to split those cores into two threads each. Then we got quad core chips that could run eight concurrent threads. That has been the high-end of the mainstream for quite some time. Sure, there was a chip here and there offering more cores. Just nothing that hit the mainstream. I’ve provided Amazon links to the chip for which I receive a tiny commission. I only wish Intel had provided me a free chip for testing.
Now Intel has released a new chip that is the first to my knowledge in the “Core i9” family. The Intel Core i9-7900x features ten separate cores that can run twenty threads. It all depends on the work you do, but I have some software that will max out all eight threads on my current chip. If I had twenty threads, those intensive tasks would complete faster even if the clock speed of the chip was a bit slower.
What is the clock on this chip? The base clock is 3.4GHz with a turbo clock of 4.3GHz (4.5 GHz max). So a bit slower (as far as clock speed) from Intel’s best quad core chips. Intel also claims that they have more chips in the i9 pipeline that will include as many as 18 cores. Holy cow, that would be 36 threads!
For those who have software that really uses all the threads, this could be a really nice upgrade. For now, it is also a really expensive upgrade. History has shown that prices will drop and the technology will become more mainstream. So you may want to wait a bit, but this gives you something worth waiting for!