Details of Intels most powerful i9 chip have come to light. This 12C/24T chip will be taking on the AMD threadripper family.

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The chip will run at a base frequency of 2.9GHz and have a cache of 16.5MBs. The price is $1189 that is far more than the 12C/24T threadripper part ($800) and instead prices itself just above the $1000 16C/32T part. Furthermore the chips base frequency laggs behind threadrippers 3.4GHz or 3.5GHz base clock (for 16 and 12 core models respectively both of which have already shown they wipe the floor when placed against the i9 7900x 10c/20t part in cinebench.


The only place the i7 7920X may redeem itself is in its boost clock of 4.4GHz. This boosts a smaller number of cores (likely 1 or 2) to a higher clock speed to speed up single threaded tasks. Threadripper only manages 4GHz when it comes to boost clock that is in line with the limit people have been hitting with their ryzen 5 and 7 CPUs.

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Honestly though, who buys 12core chips for this single core performance? The i9 series is shaping up to be intel scrambling around to compete against what AMD has achieved with their Zen architecture. This does, however, give current owners of motherboards with 2011 sockets more upgrade options and increases the longevity of their system if they are interested increased core count.

This is good news for all of us as it will force Intel to invest more in getting higher performance and more energy efficient CPUs and architectures.