At the Computex trade show in Taipei on Monday, Intel launched its first 10-core processor aimed at home users.
A part of Intel’s 14-nanometre Broadwell-E chip family, the Intel Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition is primarily aimed for gamers and enthusiasts. Its 10 cores (with 2 threads per core) run at a 3GHz base frequency, but the CPU is unlocked and can be overclocked to higher speeds — if you have the right cooling. It also features Intel’s Turbo Boost Max 3.0 tech, which “steers” applications to the highest-performing core, ideally meaning that even those programs which don’t know how to use multiple processor cores should be running faster.
So who needs this thing? In its press release, Intel points out that this would be the perfect processor for virtual reality gaming, be it on the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive. Another application would be video editing, a task that typically makes good use of multiple processor cores.
Top processor in Intel’s range comes at a very high price — $1,723. Add to that the cost of a high-end graphics card and other components, and you could easily be hitting $10,000 for a single PC. Which is quite high for any home user, maybe with time it will come in range for many home users.