AMD Threadripper and Intel Core i9: New High-end CPUs coming soon
AMD and Intel are at it again. This time the battle is for the high end CPU market dominance. The two biggest Chipmakers in the world are soon going to release new top of the line CPUs intended for enthusiasts and workstations.
Intel Core i9:
Few days ago rumors leaked on the internet of the new Skylake-X and Kabylake-X line of chips from Intel. The leak comes from a forum member at AnandTech. The forum post is a picture of a slide displaying the specs of Intel’s new line of chips.
Interestingly the new Kabylake-X chips will be called the core i9 (like the i3 and the i5 but you probably already figured that out). This news has excited many interested parties and not just because of the new name. Based on the specs sheet, it is apparently quite powerful.
- Core i9-7920X: 12C/24T, unknown clocks, 16.5MB cache, 140W, 44 PCIe lanes
- Core i9-7900X: 10C/20T, 3.3GHz to 4.3GHz, 13.75MB cache, 140W, 44 PCIe lanes
- Core i9-7820X: 8C/16T, 3.6GHz to 4.3GHz, 11MB cache, 140W, 28 PCIe lanes
- Core i9-7800X: 6C/12T, 3.5GHz to 4GHz, 8.25MB cache, 140W, 28 PCIe lanes
12 cores and 24 threads is no joke. It should, in theory outperform any other i7 processor in the market. Although Intel’s Xeon processors can have up to 24 cores, they are not meant for commercial use like the soon to launch i9. Unsurprisingly, this piece of hardware won’t come cheap. At this point, the price is not confirmed, but is estimated to be over $1000.
Following the rumors of the Core i9 chips, AMD also announced its new high end chip dubbed the ‘Threadripper’. Apparently AMD was planning to unveil the new processor at the Computex Trade show at the end of May.
The Threadripper, also targeted to the high end users and enthusiasts, does not skimp out on specs either. In fact, it packs a higher core and thread count with up to 16 cores and 32 Threads compared to i9’s 12 cores and 24 threads.
AMD has yet to reveal the pricing of its upcoming flagship processor. But they are known to price their CPUs very competitively. And there is a possibility that the Threadripper will cost less than the Core i9. In that case AMD will likely be the go-to option for high end gamers and enthusiasts in 2017.
The Threadripper is expected to be out in a few months while the i9 is expected to be released by the end of this month.
Both the Core i9 and Threadripper look great on paper with the latter holding a clear edge in the specs department. But it’s too soon to be jumping into conclusions. We will know more when both processors are officially launch soon.