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By Jessica Brown On 31 May, 2017 At 08:03 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News, ROG Tech | With 0 Comments

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AMD will be bringing its new Ryzen Threadripper CPUs to the masses sometime this summer in┬ámultiple flavors. These will most certainly be ultra-enthusiast grade processors, geared towards those that push their systems to the absolute limit and need the most threads that they can possibly get. Yet, despite the ambiguous “Summer 2017” release window, we don’t have all the details on these new chips just yet.

What we do know, though, is that Threadripper (sometimes referred to as “Ryzen 9”) will feature a 16-core/32-thread behemoth on the top end, bringing with it a massive 64 PCIE 3.0 lanes with it. Sources say that this top-tier chip will clock to 5.0 GHz and beyond. While not officially confirmed just yet, rumors suggest that 10, 12, and 14-core variants will also be released within this new line of processors.

Threadripper will offer quad-channel memory support and will require a new motherboard socket (referred to as TR4).

These new processors will trade blows with Intel’s upcoming Core i9 series of processors, and while prices have not been announced just yet, based on AMD’s history I’d imagine that the Ryzen chips will offer better price-per-performance ratios.

Hopefully we will get more answers soon!

By Jessica Brown On 31 May, 2017 At 08:43 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News, ROG Tech | With 0 Comments

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We already know some information about AMD’s upcoming “Threadripper” line of CPUs, but Intel will soon be trading blows with its competitor by launching a whole new tier of processors: Core i9. The Core i9 denomination is a new thing for Intel.┬áPreviously, the Core i7 tier of processors included both the high-end processors and the more extreme, very expensive offerings. For example, in the 6th Generation series, the i7-6950X was a 10-core Broadwell-E processor that retailed for a whopping $1723 USD. This time around, Intel wants to separate those ultra-enthusiast processors from the more mainstream offerings.

This new 7th Generation Core i9 series will come in a variety of offerings ranging from $999 for a 10-core CPU all the way up to $1999 for an 18-core monster:

  • Core i9-7980XE: 18-cores/32-threads @ $1,999
  • Core i9-7960X: 16-cores/32-threads @ $1,699
  • Core i9-7940X: 14-cores/28-threads @ $1,399
  • Core i9-7920X: 12-cores/24-threads @ $1,199
  • Core i9-7900X: 10-cores/20-threads @ $999

For the more modest enthusiasts out there, though, Intel also will have a new Core i7 X series available:

  • Core i7-7820X: 8-cores/16-threads @ $599
  • Core i7-7800X: 6-cores/12-threads @ $389
  • Core i7-7740X: 4-cores/8-threads (4.3 GHz) @ $339

All of the chips above are part of the “Skylake-X” family, except for the 7740X which is a Kaby Lake processor.

It looks like we’re in for quite a competition between Intel and AMD for the first time in quite a while. If nothing else, hopefully this healthy competition will help drive both innovation and a reduction in consumer prices!