According to TechRepublic, Intel is releasing a new beast of a processor chip. It’s an 18 core, 36 thread processor, and that’s all the specs they have on it currently. Amazingly, even though they don’t even know the clock speed yet, they do seem to have set the price, which is roughly 2 grand; Yes, a $2,000 processor. They are calling it the first “teraflop speed” chip. …Well, I had to go look up that word, because I wasn’t familiar with it. So apparently, “teraflop” is equal to “a unit of computing speed equal to one million million (1012) floating-point operations per second.” (Google)

They do have some specs on some of the other lower “relatives” of the same i9-????XE (which stands for “Extreme Edition”) processors, (which aren’t “XE” but rather “X” processors) for example, the i9-7900X (not XE) runs at clock speed 3.3ghz, has 10 cores and 20 threads, draws 140 watts power, and supports 128Gb of Four channel DDR4-2666 RAM/memory. But currently, the i9-7980″XE” is the first in the “XE” category.

The “core X” series of processors (i7-????X, i9-7900X) runs on the X299 chipset, which supports up to 14 USB ports, 10 of which can be USB 3.0.; No PCI, but to 24 lanes PCI-E (x1, x2, x4) , and supports the new Intel Optane Memory. Intel® Optane™ memory is a revolutionary new class of non-volatile memory that sits in between system memory and storage to accelerate system performance and responsiveness. When combined with the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Driver, it seamlessly manages multiple tiers of storage while presenting one virtual drive to the OS, ensuring that data frequently used resides on the fastest tier of storage. Intel® Optane™ memory requires specific hardware and software configuration. Visit for configuration requirements.