AMD’s Jim Anderson announced yesterday, Tuesday, during the company’s financial analyst day about a high-end desktop chip. The details were sparse, but the CPU is making the rumor mills to go for few weeks.
It is referred to as Threadripper, and this will be the first consumer-focused chip featuring computing power with 16 cores and 32 threads. Yes, you got it right: the CPU wars will rage at high end.
AMD could not wait. This may be due to hot and heavy rumors that Intel is getting ready to release a Core i9 CPU at Computex. In case the rumors come true, Intel’s top-end Core i9 is expected to feature 12 cores and Hyper-Threading, such that it will be paired with a new X299 chipset. The CPUs would be based on 6th-generation Skylake cores.
It is time to grab your popcorn as the CPU wars are on after many years of domination by Intel and this is wonderful news for PC enthusiasts. Ryzen chip performance will do, the 32-thread chip easily surpassing Intel’s current 10-core Core i7-6950X in heavily multi-threaded and multi-tasking chores. “Ryzen Threadripper is anticipated to be the absolute ultra high-end of performance in desktop,” said Anderson.
“Both companies can push the core count and can add value without taking away things like power. 32 threads add more value to high quality transcoding, video editing and gaming, besides streaming and voice chat.”
One problem both AMD and Intel face, is in finding consumer workloads that may stress 12 or 16 cores. The crowd buying this hardware typically buys it for performance.