The pricing of the Intel i9-7920X has been released and we also have some information regarding the frequency at which the Intel i9-7920X will run. According to reports, the Intel i9-7920X has a base clock of 2.9 GHz. This CPU has 12 cores and the operating frequency is 400 MHz less as compared to the 10 core Intel i9-7900X and 600 MHz slower than the AMD Threadripper 1920X.
It is common for the operating frequency to drop with increase in core count but it is interesting to see here that the AMD Threadripper 1920X and Intel i9-7920X both have 12 cores and still the Intel CPU is slower as compared to the competition. You have to wonder why that is the case. The X series of CPUs seem to be falling apart one processor at a time.
We have already seen the amount of criticism that the X299 platform has received and we know of the VRM heating issue with X299 motherboards as well. Keeping all this in mind AMD seems to be a tempting alternative even though the platform is new and you will need some optimization in order to get the most out of your hardware.
Intel is feeling the heat now and has started pointing fingers at AMD by claiming that the AMD EPYC CPUs are simply 4 desktop CPUs glued together. We did not hear from AMD for a while but we got some defense at the AMD EPYC presentation and according to Scott Aylor, SVP and GM Enterprise Solutions:
“There’s a theory out there that EPYC is just 4 desktop processors glued together. When you look at throughout the presentations today, from Mike Clark, about the memory sizes and features that he has built into the core and when you hear from Kevin the security enhancements that are in there, when you hear from Jerry about the over provisioning of memory bandwidth between the devices, you hear from Sam determinism features that aren’t available from the competitor that were built for enterprise. Hopefully you will realize this is not a glued together desktop processor.”
I am sure that the mature audience that is enthusiastic about hardware know what is going on here and that there is no need for any kind of clarification. Let us know what you think about the Intel i9-7920X being slower than the AMD Threadripper 1920X which has the same number of cores.