Intel i9 series feature up to 12 Cores


macrumors P6
Feb 8, 2003
The Peninsula
I wonder if there will be a mobile version of it? It would be awesome to see a 15 inch MacBook Pro with an 8 or 10 core processor.
But, unfortunately, Apple thinks that mobile pros need an emoji bar and more color choices - not systems with the power for more demanding apps.


Happy face at the glory hole? That's what the pros want. ;)
  • Like
Reactions: Michaelgtrusa


Jun 13, 2015
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Apple never released a machine using Broadwell-E chips... Apple has always used a very small selection of what intel provides.


macrumors 68000
Original poster
Jan 1, 2005
Here they are:

Intel's Upcoming Coffee Lake Processors Up to 30% Faster Than Kaby Lake Chips Coming to Mac Notebooks
Intel today also unveiled its Core X-series processor family for desktop computers, ranging from quad-core options to the high-end Core i9 Extreme Edition with 18 cores. The processors, codenamed "Basin Falls," are "coming soon." More details and tech specs are listed in this fact sheet and slideshow.

Intel Will Sell a Crazy 18-Core Processor for $2,000 Because Why Not

Intel’s Core i9 Extreme Edition CPU is an 18-core beast

Intel reveals its new 18-core, 36-thread “extreme” Core i9 processor at Computex


macrumors P6
Mar 21, 2011
Australia, Perth
I wonder if there will be a mobile version of it? It would be awesome to see a 15 inch MacBook Pro with an 8 or 10 core processor.

What the bloody hell !!? What would anyone do with a 12-core laptop? It would be a good to "lure" the movie professionals over if that ever happened. (aside from the software) everyone could just use Adobe Premier

That'll shift their whiskers :D
Last edited:


Sep 17, 2001
Wellington, New Zealand
It is more likely that they would use a mobile Xeon processor, than a desktop processor rated at 140 watts for thermal reasons. Additionally, the i9 processors only get 2 favoured cores running at top speed for turbo 3, as opposed to the rest, so the performance would not make that much difference on most apps and games.
Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro and Adobe CC may run quickly for a change, but it's hardly useful for 90% of the users.


Jun 13, 2015
Techspot did a review of the 10 core 6950X Broadwell-E, and compared it to, among other things, a dual CPU Xeon E5-2670 build.

you might be able to imagine a similar comparison between chips that have yet to be released.

It seems that these Extreme CPUs are aimed at people who are disappointed that they can't overclock a Xeon, and are willing to pay handsomely for the privilege.

Technically, the K series cpus are also "unlocked". I don't think I've heard of any imac users availing themselves of the option.
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.