Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
7,557 Reviews & Articles | 55,803 News Posts

Intel Core i9-7900X X-Series Skylake-X CPU Review

Intel Core i9-7900X X-Series Skylake-X CPU Review
Intel's newest processor is here, the Core i9-7900X X-Series Skylake-X CPU. We take a deep dive into it and see what it's all about.
By: Steven Bassiri | Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: 5 days, 6 hours ago
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Intel

Introduction

 

intel-core-i9-7900x-series-skylake-cpu-review_01

 

Competition between vendors doesn't happen in real-time these days. Instead, it happens in a series of strategic product launches. While Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X (I will refer to them as Sky-X and Kaby-X from here on out) were both on the books since before Ryzen launch, it does seem that Intel has strategically priced these new processors based on their performance in response to the competition.

 

Skylake-X brings about more than just multiple Skylake-S cores put together; it also offers cache changes, a shift to an integrated VRM, the additional of AVX-512, and the use of a 2D mesh interconnect instead of a ring bus.

 

Let's see how the current top dog i9-7900X does.

 

 

Specifications

 

As many people know, since we already wrote about the specifications of the CPU, the i9-7900X features 10 cores and 20 threads, a 140W TDP, and 13.75MB of restacked L2 cache. Intel cut L3 cache density in half while quadrupling the L2 cache. You can read about that here.

 

 

Intel is also introducing Turbo Boost 3.0 again, but this time, support for it should be native to Windows 10, so you won't need a driver. Turbo Boost 2.0 allows for two cores to go to 4.3GHz, two to go to 4.1GHz, and the rest to hit 4.0GHz. Turbo Boost Max 3.0 is additional to Turbo Boost 2.0. The CPU also offers support for 128GB of memory, and a higher memory speed of 2666MHz.

 

 

Pricing

 

The Core i9-7900X should be priced around $1000.

    PRICING: You can find the product discussed for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:

     

    United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon`s website.

    United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK`s website.

    Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada`s website.

    We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.

Related Tags

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!
loading