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Intel’s new chip puts a teraflop in your desktop. Here's what that means

It's as fast as a turn-of-the-century supercomputer.
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Intel's Core i9 Extreme Edition processor costs about $2,000.

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Earlier this week in Taipei, Intel announced the most powerful desktop chip for consumers that it has ever sold. With 18 cores and a price tag of $1,999, the processor is known as a teraflop chip, meaning it can accomplish a trillion computational operations every second.

Called the Core i9 Extreme Edition processor, the chip is not for the average computer user, someone who just wants to check email, read the news, and watch “House of Cards.” Instead, the processor is for people who want to do extreme stuff, like playing a game in 4K while simultaneously livestreaming it—oh, and also

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