"AMD’s Threadripper Rips Intel a New One
If Intel had any doubts about whether AMD could compete at the top of the HEDT space, they’re undoubtedly gone by now. Threadripper doesn’t just compete, it often leaves Intel eating dust. Across all of our application benchmarks, Threadripper wins 11 tests, loses five, and ties two. That’s a very solid set of performances, particularly for a company whose top-end CPU was sucking wind six months ago. Intel has already announced that it intends to launch 12, 14, 16, and 18-core processors by the middle of September, but with a top-end price tag of up to $2,000 even those chips will struggle to match Threadripper’s price/performance ratio.
There are, meanwhile, real questions about what to expect from Intel’s upcoming 18-core processors. We’ve asked the company if it will solder its high-end CPUs, but have yet to hear back from them. Given that Skylake-X is already pushing the limits of what paste can handle, the CPU giant would seem to have little option, but they’re playing mum on this point.
There will still be plenty of people who opt to stick with Intel and play a wait-and-see game with AMD. This even makes sense, depending on your business and market — if software costs are the bulk of your business expenses, the difference between Intel and AMD’s hardware prices aren’t going to have a huge impact on your bottom line. But if hardware costs have an impact on your bottom line — and for most of us, they do — AMD’s Threadripper is in a class of its own. From Ryzen 3 to Threadripper, AMD has redefined performance at every price point, to the benefit of consumers, businesses, and pretty much everybody — except, of course, Intel."