Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th May 2017 09:19 UTC

Lots of news from Intel today - the company announced a new line of processors and accompanying motherboard chipset. I have to admit I find Intel's product and platform names completely and utterly confusing, but from what I gather, the company announced new high-end i7 and i5 processors, as well as even higher-end, high-core counts i7s and a new line, the i9. The X299 chipset brings it all together.

I was keeping an eye on these new processors as I just ordered all the parts for my brand new computer, but I had already decided not to wait for these since I prefer not to jump onto new processors and chipsets right away (which is why I didn't opt for Ryzen either). Looking at the replacement for the processor I eventually settled on - the 7700K - I'm pretty sure I made the right call, since the speed bump seems minor (100Mhz), while TDP goes up relatively considerably.

The high core count processors are - much like the Ryzen 7 1800X - incredibly alluring in a "I want all the cores" kind of way, but for the most part, few workloads actually benefit from more cores in processors. Aside from workstation-oriented workloads I personally do not engage in, it really seems like processors are running ahead of the software they run.

Still, with Ryzen and now Intel's new parts, there's a ton of choice out there if you're building a new computer.

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RE: few workloads? nah
by avgalen on Tue 30th May 2017 12:36 UTC in reply to "few workloads? nah"
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I agree with the general idea that most software is not optimized for many cores, but that is simply because it doesn't have to be and is already plenty fast on 1 core.

The kind of software that isn't fast enough on 1 core (audio/video encoding, "zippers", games) are also the kind of software that DOES get optimized for multiple cores. And although such software is often tested for 4 cores it is generally true that "once it starts scaling past 2 cores, it starts scaling a lot". The software that benefits most from multiple cores is probably best not to run on your own machine but should be run on dedicated servers and might be more optimized for GPU's than for CPU's.

So my recommendation to people in general is this:
* By one of the simplest setups you can find if you aren't going to put load on it. Simply accept the small delays you will sometimes have and enjoy a luxury vacation
* If you aren't going to put load on it but someone else is paying for it, buy a nice looking medium setup. The user will be extremely happy and thankful and you can continue to use the machine a bit longer
* If you need a high end machine for a poweruser, buy just below the top you can find and consult with that user about the things that are important to him.
* The absolute top is never worth it except for bragging rights. You get 5% extra performance but pay 50% extra. A few months later you will not notice the 5% extra performance and something 5% faster is now available making you miss those dollars/euro's a lot!

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