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What’s com­ing next for HEDT CPUs and what lies ahead for GPUs which have grown too big for their own good ...............

In­for­ma­tion has leaked about In­tel’s up­com­ing and un­re­leased Thread­rip­per con­tender. The 12-cored 24-threaded i9-7920X will be go­ing head-to-head with AMD’s Thread­rip­per 1920X fea­tur­ing the same core and thread count.

The prob­lem is that In­tel’s part al­legedly runs at just 2.9GHz base clock speeds. Thread­rip­per on the other hand has a base clock of 3.5GHz giv­ing it a mas­sive 600MHz speed ad­van­tage un­der full load.

This is quite sur­pris­ing as AMD has been be­hind on the MHz front even with their new Ryzen pro­ces­sors.

It seems adding ex­tra cores in In­tel’s de­sign has se­verely ham­strung avail­able power or more likely ther­mal lim­its.

No doubt Turbo Boost speeds while cur­rently un­known for In­tel’s part will likely ex­ceed AMD’s by a good mar­gin thanks to its Turbo Boost 3.0 tech­nol­ogy for lightly threaded tasks. But sin­gle threaded tasks isn’t why you buy one of these CPUs and the fact that AMD has a sub­stan­tial clock speed ad­van­tage is very wor­ry­ing for In­tel. With the largest 16-core Thread­rip­per parts al­legedly able to still pull 3.4GHz level base clocks, AMD has got to be rub­bing its hands to­gether, es­pe­cially when you also con­sider that Thread­rip­per o¤ers 64 PCIe lanes of con­nec­tiv­ity over the i9-7920X’s 44 lanes.

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