Intel’s Core i9-7960X offers a Cinebench score of 3200

Intel officially reveals the specification of their high-end X299 CPU lineup

Intel’s Core i9-7960X offers a Cinebench score of 3200

 
Over the next month, there will be a lot of people arguing over who offers the best high-end desktop (HEDT) CPU, whether the crown sits on Intel’s X299 platform or AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper platform.  
 
Intel has recently revealed their 14-18 core i9 series of Skylake-X CPUs, with Intel reporting that their upcoming 16-core i9 7960X will be able to achieve Cinebench scores of 3200. While this is a very impressive score when compared to Intel’s older product, even outperforming 24-core last generation Xeon CPUs, it does not offer what anyone would call great value for money, especially when you add Threadripper into the mix.
 
AMD has already shown that their Ryzen Threadripper 10 core 1950X is capable of achieving scores of around 3050, which is huge considering the fact that AMD’s 1950X is $700 cheaper and offers the same core count.   
 
Both Intel X299 and AMD X399 have their own advantages, with Skylake-X offering higher potential clock speeds than Ryzen, particularly when overclocking, but with a huge price increase that comes alongside it. Certain workloads will favour each platform, especially when comparing products with equivalent pricing. This will make this generation one of the most interesting that we have seen for CPUs in quite some time, with both Intel and AMD offering highly competitive products when compared to last generation counterparts.   

 

  Archtecture Process Cores/Threads Base Boost 2.0 Boost 3.0 L3 Cache PCIe lanes TDP Price
Core i9 7980XE Skylake-X 14nm 18/36 2.6GHz 4.2GHz 4.4GHz 24.75MB 44 165W $1999
Core i9 7960X 16/32 2.8GHz 4.2GHz 4.4GHz 22MB 44 165W $1699
Core i9 7940X 14/28 3.1GHz 4.3GHz 4.4GHz 19.25MB 44 165W $1399
Core i9 7920X 12/24 2.9GHz 4.3GHz 4.4GHz 16.5MB 44 140W $1199
Core i9 7900X 10/20 3.3GHz 4.3GHz 4.5GHz 13.75MB 44 140W $999
Core i7 7820X 8/16 3.6GHz 4.3GHz 4.5GHz 11MB 28 140W $599
Core i7 7800X 6/12 3.5GHz 4.0GHz N/A 8.25MB 28 140W $389
Core i7 7740X Kaby Lake-X 4/8 4.3GHz 4.5GHz N/A 8MB 16 112W $339
Core i5 7640X 4/4 4.0GHz 4.2GHz N/A 6MB 16 112W $242

  

Intel officially reveals the specification of their high-end X299 CPU lineup

 

Reviews for AMD’s Threadripper platform will release later this week, so PC enthusiasts will soon be able to see for themselves what AMD’s high-end CPU lineup has to offer. Will AMD’s lower-cost offerings be able to out-compete Intel’s high-end desktop lineup? 

Intel has announced that their 12-core i9 7920X will be available on August 28th, with their higher-end 14-18 core Skylake-X models becoming available to purchase from September 25th. 

 

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