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CPU Rumor Mill: Intel Core i9, AMD Ryzen 9, and AMD "Starship"

Accepted submission by takyon at 2017-05-15 17:22:25

AMD is rumored to be releasing a line of Ryzen 9 "Threadripper" enthusiast CPUs [] that include 10, 12, 14, or 16 cores.

Meanwhile, Intel is supposedly planning to release 6, 8, 10, and 12 core Skylake-X processors under an "Intel Core i9" designation []. Two Kaby Lake-X, a quad-core and another quad-core with hyper-threading disabled, are also mentioned.

Finally, AMD's 32-core "Naples" server chips [] could be succeeded in late 2018 or 2019 by a 48-core 7nm part nicknamed "Starship" []. GlobalFoundries plans to skip the 10nm node [], and where GF goes, AMD follows []. Of course, according to Intel, what really matters are transistors per square millimeter [].

All of the processors mentioned could be officially announced at Computex 2017 [], running from May 30 to June 3. Expect the high end desktop (HEDT) CPUs to be in excess of $500 and as high as $1,500. Intel may also announce Coffee Lake CPUs later this year including a "mainstream" priced 6-core chip [].

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