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posted by martyb on Tuesday May 30 2017, @02:35PM   Printer-friendly
from the moah-fasteh dept.

Recently, Intel was rumored to be releasing 10 and 12 core "Core i9" CPUs to compete with AMD's 10-16 core "Threadripper" CPUs. Now, Intel has confirmed these as well as 14, 16, and 18 core Skylake-X CPUs. Every CPU with 6 or more cores appears to support quad-channel DDR4:

Intel CoreCores/ThreadsPrice$/core
i7-7640X4/4$242$61 (less threads)

Last year at Computex, the flagship Broadwell-E enthusiast chip was launched: the 10-core i7-6950X at $1,723. Today at Computex, the 10-core i9-7900X costs $999, and the 16-core i9-7960X costs $1,699. Clearly, AMD's Ryzen CPUs have forced Intel to become competitive.

Although the pricing of AMD's 10-16 core Threadripper CPUs is not known yet, the 8-core Ryzen R7 launched at $500 (available now for about $460). The Intel i7-7820X has 8 cores for $599, and will likely have better single-threaded performance than the AMD equivalent. So while Intel's CPUs are still more expensive than AMD's, they may have similar price/performance.

For what it's worth, Intel also announced quad-core Kaby Lake-X processors.

Welcome to the post-quad-core era. Will you be getting any of these chips?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 30 2017, @07:02PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 30 2017, @07:02PM (#517822)

    Why MMO? Most of the critical game logic, aside from display and control, is run on the server.

    From my (admittedly genre-limited) experience, strategy games can make the most use of additional CPU resources. A modern strategy game AI can use as many cores as you can throw at it; here, the CPU (or sometimes the memory) is the bottleneck. Not to mention thousands or hundreds of thousands of individual units, each one requiring some low-level control routines.

    In some strategy games I've played (Star Ruler 2...), late game on larger maps can become almost completely unplayable because the CPU just can't keep up. On the other hand, I've never had graphical stutter, even on combats with thousands of units shooting lasers and exploding all over the place (like on this screenshot []).

    TL;DR: AlphaGo is a computer controlled AI for a strategy game. Think about how many cores can it use.

  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Tuesday May 30 2017, @07:19PM

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {}> on Tuesday May 30 2017, @07:19PM (#517837) Journal

    Agreed on the MMO. Single player first-person games can have "complex" AI to the point where you can't have dozens or hundreds of NPCs on a single map without causing slowdowns (compare that amount to your strategy games... like Cossacks: Back to War), and tend to break maps up with loading zones (for example, cities in Oblivion or Skyrim). Having more cores and RAM allows more AI and stuff to be loaded, which is beneficial for single-map stealth games with no loading zones that have all of the AI loaded and patrolling at the beginning.

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