The CPUs will be available this southern Winter, and we’ll hear more about them at Computex, so watch this space.
Over the last couple of months, AMD has been working hard with its latest line of desktop processors.
Intel’s upcoming Core i9-7920X will reportedly feature 12C/24T with somewhere around 4GHz boost CPU clocks, with 16.5MB of L3 cache, 44 PCIe lanes, and 140W TDP.
On the other end of the spectrum, AMD also announced two other Ryzen entries with Ryzen Mobile and Ryzen Pro. This part will run at a base frequency of 3.6GHz and offer a maximum single-core turbo speed of 4.3GHz in Turbo Boost 2.0 mode, with 4.5GHz for Turbo Boost Max 3.0. XFR is supported by these chip as well. There’s the tiniest hint of an upgrade in the i7-7740K, with its 4.3GHz base clock as opposed to the 4.2GHz base clock of the 7700K, but the Core i7-7640K isn’t an i7 at all. Both CPUs are rated at 155W TDP. These would fall under the Skylake-X architecture, and is now said to top out with a 12-core (24 thread) part.
“Threadripper could garner over a $1,000 price point, but it will depend how much volume AMD wants to drive”, Moorhead said. Both the 1956 and 1956X will have a maximum of 12 cores.
According to WCCFTech, the Whitehaven parts will be aimed at enthusiasts – presumably ones with deep pockets – who might otherwise be tempted by Intel Skylake X, due out in the third quarter, and won’t be compatible with AM4 due to their sheer size.
Initially there will be four members of this new “split” of Intel processors with 6, 8, 10 and 12 cores and double threads running through HyperThreading technology. The 1998X has a base / boost clock speed of 3.5/3.9GHz, while Ryzen 9 1998 is only a little behind, with a 3.2 / 3.6 GHz base / boost clock speed on 16 cores.
It is still unclear when AMD intends to release the AMD Ryzen 9 processors.
Taking it down another notch, we get the Core i9-7820K. That leaves us with two 16-core/32-thread beasts. Given Intel’s offering also clocks in at 4.2 GHz, and retails at around $115 at the time of writing, AMD will need to try and beat the blue team on price. Ryzen 9 1955 features a base clock of 3.1GHz and boosts to 3.7GHz.
As noted by Mobi Picker, the reason why such a result emerged is because AMD Ryzen series has an upper hand over Kaby Lake processors as far as performance is concerned.