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Not two, not four, but 10 cores in Intel's new PC powerhouse

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Intel has unveiled four new processors at Computex in Taipei, including its first desktop-grade 10-core processor – yours for the bargain price of $1,723 plus tax.

The chip comes with a 25MB cache and runs at 3GHz, although that can be boosted up to 3.5GHz and Intel is unlocking the processer so overclockers can push for still higher speeds.

"It's designed not just for multi-tasking, but also for mega-tasking," said Gregory Bryant, general manager of the Connected Home and Commercial Client at Intel.

They'll be out in the third quarter of the year, although sooner rather than later – Alienware is promising to have the 6950X on its virtual shelves by June 14.

The new chips are also compatible with the X99 chipset, meaning you may not have to swap out your motherboard to use them.

"Intel's leading processor design, together with MSI's dedication to bring out the best motherboards for PC enthusiasts, ensures the best experience when using the Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor, perfect for gamers, overclockers and content creators."

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