Intel has recently released a CPU and there seems to be a lot talk about it. So what is the big deal? Well, for started Intel's Core i9 X-series is a 10-core processor and is to date the most powerful CPU the company has produced. Additionally, it is currently the fastest on the market (Maybe not for long with AMD's new Ryzen CPU) - the i9 comes in at a little over $1300.00 CAD / $1000.00 USD.
The above processor is their entry level i9 CPU. They have already or will be releasing in September additional more powerful i9 CPU's. They are:
1. i9-7920X, 3.1GHz, 4.4GHz burst, 12 cores / 24 threads
2. i9-7940X, 3.1Ghz, 4.4GHz burst, 14 cores / 28 threads
3. i9-7960X, 2.8 GHz, 4.4GHz burst, 16 cores / 32 threads
The clock speed determines how fast a single thread can be acted upon. The thread count indicated how many threads or tasks can be calculated in parallel. In these respects, the i9 CPU excels.
Due to all that power the chip, depending on which one you are using will consume 112W - 140W and will generate a massive amount of heat requiring a liquid cooling system. The new chips will also be utilizing a new socket and pin set, which means upgrading to the new CPU with your current motherboard is off the table.
If you are interested in learning more about the Intel Core i9 X-series CPU's, PC World has a great review of the processor, breaking it down into its several parts. You can read that here.