When Intel’s subsequent Core i9 CPU appears in a month or so, it competence face some unbending foe in a conflict people prolonged suspicion was over: a Megahertz Wars.
Although Intel hasn’t rigourously announced a time speed of a arriving 12-core Core i9-7920X, a association appears to have inadvertently disclosed it. A cost list posted by a association on Jul 14 shows a $1,200 Core i9-7920X with 16.5MB of cache, 12 cores, 24 threads, and a time speed of 2.9GHz.
Intel officials declined to criticism to PCWorld on a apparent slip.
Intel’s cost list typically lists a bottom time or smallest time speeds a CPU will run during underneath a heaviest workloads. In this case, a Core i9-7920X appears to pledge an all-core time speed that is 500MHz reduce than AMD’s published specs. AMD recently pronounced it will launch a $1,000 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 1950X during 3.4GHz, and a $800 12-core Ryzen Threadripper 1920X during 3.5GHz. On paper that doesn’t demeanour earnest for Intel.
In existence though, a conflict competence be distant some-more nuanced. Neither Threadripper nor a aloft core-count Core i9 chips have shipped, so outsiders don’t know how a chips will perform.
The figure blank from Intel’s cost list is a Turbo Boost time speed, that a chip can strech underneath lighter workloads. The 10-core Core i9-7900X, for example, has a bottom time of 3.3GHz with a max Turbo time of 4.3GHz. In practice, even underneath complicated multithreaded loads, it will run really high time speeds many of a time. Unfortunately, a same CPU is also building a repute for using during really high temperatures too.
In a end, Intel’s medium 2.9GHz bottom time competence not be an denote of a chip’s full potential, though it positively raises a probability that Intel could have a problem in a megahertz department.
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