Intel 9th generation CPUs are going to come out later this month and this is going to be the first time that we are going to get 8-core Intel CPUs in the mainstream. Why has Intel not released them before? Keeping in mind that AMD has had SKUs with 8 cores and 16 threads on the market for more than a year.
While we know that Intel has been having issues with the 10nm process and the latest reports suggest that 14nm is not looking too good either. Intel would have you believe that they did not introduce more cores sooner because they are not going to be used.
Guy Therien, Intel fellow and chief architect for performance segmentation in Intel’s Client Computing Group claims that more cores are not the answer. The newsroom blog post also mentioned that games and daily used programs are not optimized for more cores.
I am sure that there are people that do not know this but for the general consumer that has some knowledge regarding how PCs and CPUs work, this is common knowledge. The following is what Guy Therien had to say in this regard:
We make products that aim at delivering the best experience and performance across PC segments, whatever computing needs people have – from gaming, content creation and high-end workstations needs. So whatever number of cores are needed for different workloads consumers use, we’re going to provide them with best, fan-freaking-tastic cores to meet their needs.
Sure, there are applications that do not use more than 4 cores and modern-day titles are not optimized for more cores either. But if this was said 2 years ago I would have believed it because there was nothing for the general consumer to buy that offered more power but this is 2018 and AMD Ryzen has brought forward more cores and more threads at a competitive price.
I only have on thing to say here, if we did have more cores and threads then game developers would know that this technology is being adopted by the general consumer and then they would have an incentive to optimize games accordingly.
AMD has started to provide that incentive and with Intel 8 core and 6 core SKUs coming out am sure that more applications are going to be optimized accordingly. Even so, in 2018 there are plenty of applications that people use on a daily basis that take advantage of more cores and threads to this is a very pathetic excuse indeed. Guy Therien further went on to mention the following:
It’s always fun to develop those great new features and capabilities that are high–performance, that allow you to set records and get great scores on benchmarks, but also have real-world performance for the workloads and applications that ultimately benefit people across all types of segments.
Let us know what you think about this statement from Intel and whether or not you agree with it.