The Core i9 7900X is a ten-core $969 (£780) processor. Last year, that would have made it the tippy top of Intel’s high-end desktop tech tree, but this year it’s the bottom rung of the new Core i9 range, and sits in the middle of the entire X-series CPU stack.
The i9 7900X is only the second decacore CPU Intel have produced, with last year’s Broadwell-E Core i7 6950X being the first to land in a consumer desktop. It’s built on the updated 14nm CPU architecture Intel first introduced with the Skylake range of mainstream processors at the end of 2015. Since then, we’ve had the subsequent Kaby Lake update, with the likes of the Core i7 7700K and i5 7600K. Intel are also bringing that same architecture to bear on their HEDT range with the Kaby Lake-X Core i7 7740X and Core i5 7640X chips.
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Test system: 32GB Corsair Vengeance RGB 3,000MHz, Samsung 960 Pro 512GB M.2 SSD, Corsair AX860i PSU, GTX 1080 graphics card, Fractal Design Celsius 24 cooler Intel system: Asus ROG Strix X299-E Gaming, AMD system: Asus ROG Zenith Extreme