THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE
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.