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.