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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: 4, Informative) by Marand on Tuesday May 30 2017, @11:30PM (2 children)

    by Marand (1081) on Tuesday May 30 2017, @11:30PM (#517975) Journal

    Done. I built a Ryzen 7 1700 system late March and, aside from having to watch for BIOS updates for better memory compatibility, it's been great. So far I have no regrets, even with the upcoming threadripper chips diminishing some of the awesomeness of the R7 parts.

    Sure, games don't use all the cores, but I can run a game, minimise it, and go do other things without ever noticing that some game is still munching CPU on 2-4 threads. When I want to I go back where I left off, no need to reload. Same with productivity stuff, who cares if it's running and using some CPU cycles? It's not going to affect any game I decide to launch later.

    I don't even see the CPU temperature increase considerably when I do this, the highest I've seen it go is 50C with the Wraith Spire cooler that came with it, and it's usually in the low 40s under load. (Low load tends to be around 32-34C)

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Wednesday May 31 2017, @12:23AM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <> on Wednesday May 31 2017, @12:23AM (#517997) Journal

    even with the upcoming threadripper chips diminishing some of the awesomeness of the R7 parts

    That depends on the $/core and the customer's need for multithreaded performance (like fyngyrz above).

    i9-7980XE is $111/core.
    i7-7820X is $75/core.
    i7-7800X is $65/core.

    Now we have Ryzen R7 1800X with 8 cores at $500 ($460 retail currently). There will supposedly be two 16-core Threadripper models. I doubt the 16-cores will debut at $1,000, so the awesomeness of R7 is hardly diminished...

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    • (Score: 2) by Marand on Wednesday May 31 2017, @04:42AM

      by Marand (1081) on Wednesday May 31 2017, @04:42AM (#518103) Journal

      All I meant is that the initial "Woo! 8c/16t? This is sweet!" turned into "Whoa, threadripper looks insane! ...but my R7 is still pretty sweet." :P

      None of that makes me wish I'd waited, though. I specifically went for the 1700 with its 65w TDP (instead of the 1700X or 1800X), so I'm not particularly interested in all these HEDT chips with TDPs of 140w or higher, aside from the "wow, that's crazy" factor. :)