Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Jul 2017 21:06 UTC

Intel's latest 10-core, high-end desktop (HEDT) chip - the Core i9-7900X - costs £900/$1000. That's £500/$500 less than its predecessor, the i7-6950X. In previous years, such cost-cutting would have been regarded as generous. You might, at a stretch, even call it good value. But that was at a time when Intel's monopoly on the CPU market was as its strongest, before a resurgent AMD lay waste to the idea that a chip with more than four cores be reserved for those with the fattest wallets.


AMD's Ryzen is far from perfect. But when you can buy eight cores that serve even the heaviest of multitaskers and content creators for well under half the price of an Intel HEDT chip, i9 and X299 are a hard sell (except, perhaps, to fussy gamers that demand a no-compromises system).

The question is: Are you willing to pay a premium for the best performing silicon on the market? Or is Ryzen, gaming foibles and all, good enough?

I've said this countless times, but I want to keep bringing this one home: this is what competition does. It lowers prices, improves performance, and makes Intel looks like a stumbling fool. And what better day to celebrate the benefits of competition than today?

Cheers, America. Party safe!

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RE: Well...
by bassbeast on Sat 8th Jul 2017 01:59 UTC in reply to "Well..."
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I've been buying AMD on principle since I found out about Intel rigging benches and bribing OEMs over Netburst but honestly...I'm happy with my AMD FX-8320e.

I've got 8 cores that hit 4.2Ghz stock and if I ever run into a program that needs more speed this chip is trivial to reach 4.5Ghz on air. Not that I have ever needed the extra speed as most of the programs i run are either FOSS or come from countries where they don't use ICC so I don't have artificial crippling of my chip and without that crippling? It just flies. Even my games are running on average 90FPS with all the bling cranked and recording all my footage so I'm very happy and with a board that supports 32gb of RAM and triple CF? I honestly do not see myself maxxing this puppy out anytime soon.

Still I'm glad to see AMD end up on top again and growing by doing things the honest way and competing on the merits and when my AMD lappy is ready to be replaced? I'll be sure to make it an AMD Ryzen based APU.

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