Intel have revealed the next generation of ultra-performance processors – their core i9 chips.

The core i9 processors will form at the very top end of Intel’s X-Series processors, which used to be dominated by Core i7s. There are 5 new Intel Core i9 chips, which will all have a minimum of 10 cores, with the i9-7980XE boasting 18 cores and costing around £1600. Prices will start at around £800.

The cheaper i9 chips will rival AMD’s top-end Ryzen CPUs, featuring higher speeds and support for more PCIe lanes – both of which are important for high-end PCs that pack powerful components, like multiple graphics cards and high-speed storage arrays.

Is Core i9 going into your next high-end rig or are you thinking it’s a bit overkill?