It’s been well established for years that if you’re an enthusiast with an appetite for processors that have more cores for your multi-threaded workloads, you’re almost exclusively looking to the Xeon platform to fulfill your requirements. In fact, Intel has been making processors with more than four cores on a single die for many a year, stretching all the way back to the first Intel Nehalem processors starting with the Core i7-970. Since 2010, the limit for consumer processors developed by Intel has been six cores with hyper-threading, a trend which the company broke for the first time in 2014 with the Core i7-5960X. The expectation since then has been that Intel no longer views restricting core count as a feature for their high-end desktop platform, and everyone anticipated a new ten-core processor derived from the Xeon platform. Well, that chip has finally arrived and it’s the fastest consumer-bound processor on the planet, but it’s also unlike anything Intel has ever launched before.