With confirmation of AMD Threadripper technical specifications coming to market in August, AMD has outlined what promises to be an interesting consumer dispute that seeks high-tech and superior performance on their computers.
What attracts attention are the competitive prices of AMD’s 16-core super processors compared to Intel’s already announced figures for the i9 7960X, which also has 16 cores and will hit the market at $ 900 more than its competitor.
Specifications: Threadripper 1950X
Both processors have 16 cores and 32 threads. In terms of speed, according to AMD, the processor operates between 3.4 and 4.0 GHz. The Intel Core most similar to the announcement of AMD is the model i9 7900X, which adds ten cores, and has speeds between 3.3 and 4.3 GHz. Speed specifications of the 7960X have not yet been revealed by Intel.
The advantage of the AMD processor lies in the CPU’s ability to operate with 60 PCIe lines in contrast to the 44 supported on all i9s launched by Intel to date. This is important because it is through PCIe interfaces that the user installs video cards, high performance SSDs and other specialized peripherals in cases of computers with more professional application.
At the moment, there are no independent comparisons between the two CPUs that can safely determine which of the two is better and therefore the fair result is even the draw, no matter how signs point to the AMD super processor as the winner. If AMD numbers are realistic, Threadripper has considerable processing advantages by powering multiple cores.
This may be due to a feature created by AMD on Ryzen processors, of which Threadripper is a part: SMB intelligently applies idle portions of the CPU to improve performance in applications that take advantage of multiple processing cores.
Both Threadripper and i9 require the consumer to invest in new hardware. At the very least, you will need to purchase a new motherboard: in the case of AMD, unlike the socket AM4 used by all Ryzen, the Threadripper fits into the new TR4 platform. Intel repeats the same approach: the i9, and indeed any Extreme series processor, needs an LGA 2066 socket.
Value for money: AMD Threadripper
Here the advantage of AMD is very large. The announced price of the 1950X is much lower than that charged by Intel on the 7960X, all with a performance outlook that may be even higher than the Intel product in many cases. The difference in values is so great that even the theoretical advantages of the CPU of Intel end up relativized.
An example is support for Optane technology. At present, the drives of these available memory accelerators are targeted at consumers with slower machines and no SSDs, and it is unlikely that anyone will invest heavily in an i9 processor without considering the use of an SSD in the machine, leaving Intel’s technology offer quite inconsequential.
At first, AMD takes advantage of this aspect because it promises the commercial launch of the new products for the month of August. On the Intel side, the i9 7960X is part of a series of processors that should only be released in October.
AMD has achieved a highly positive cost-benefit balance with its Threadripper processors: high performance, technology and core counting in a package that is considerably cheaper than the similar product offered by Intel. In practice, even without independent performance analysis available at the moment, it is difficult to defend the saltier price of the i9.