Intel and AMD Fight For The Spotlight
The past month has been an exciting one for us here at Cloud Atlas. Just days after the tantalizing Google I/O updates and the AMD Computex rumors we are given a whopper by Intel.
You may have heard of AMD’s Ryzen CPUs. Being AMD’s first new workstation offering since 2011, Ryzen shook things up in what felt like a stagnant market. After years and years of what felt like AMD catching up, it seems as though they finally brought some competition to the table.
Well, it’s time to grab the popcorn because Intel just threw curve-ball. Not to be outdone by AMD, Intel has announced a brand new line of Core iX processors, with a new SKU, the Core i9.
Core i9 Insanity
Just how crazy is the Core i9? The top SKU Intel is offering, the i9-7960XE, will have 18 cores and 36 threads. Yes, you read that right. If you ever wanted to stream, play video games, compress data, encode music, and rip HD movies all at the same time, the 7960XE could do it without even breaking a sweat. In fact, there is very little this processor can’t do. At the time of its release, it’s expected to be the fastest consumer processor to ever exist. However, it will cost you an arm, a leg, and maybe a kidney or two, as the 7960XE will retail with an MSRP of $1,999.
Should I Buy It?
Most likely, the answer is going to be no. Chances are that if you are considering this CPU, you already know if you should buy it or not. Even though computer hardware gets better with time, software still needs to catch up. The truth is, most people are still using a dual or quad-core processor. Most of the software out there is optimized for a lower core count. Having said that, if you are in the market, Intel is offering a selection of new processors that are priced more competitively. The i7-7800X looks like a very good compromise between performance and price for example.
This Is Just The Start
For the first time since the Athlon processors, AMD finally has a seat on the table. The last time there was true competition between the two tech giants, we saw a huge boom in new tech. With recent leaks of the new AMD Threadripper processors, it doesn’t look like either side is ready to throw the towel in just yet. If there was ever a time to be excited about tech, it’s now.