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Intel says AMD's new Epyc CPU dies are 'glued together'

Intel says AMD's new Epyc CPU dies are 'glued together'

The $799 Threadripper 1920X will include 12 cores and 24 threads, a 3.5 GHz base clock and a 4.0 GHz boost.

AMD said the new CPUs will be out in August.

Internally, the chip is essentially a doubled up version of Ryzen: AMD's basic building block is a unit of eight cores with 16 threads (split internally into two core complexes of four cores each). The top Intel Core X processor, the Core i9 Extreme Edition 9-7980XE, has up to 18 cores and 36 threads and starts at $1,999. The Ryzen Threadripper models win handily. This has multiple benefits for AMD, especially at the manufacturing level - as it's making Zen CPU dies it will know which ones are successful at maximum speeds and core counts. If we take a step down and look at Intel's directly comparable 16-core i9-7960X, the price gap is still massive, with Intel's offering coming in at $1,699.

The Sunnyvale, Calif. -based chip maker is also launching its Ryzen 3 desktop processors.

Intel's i9-7900X is priced at $999 (around £770, AU$1,295), the exact same level that AMD has pitched its flagship 1950X - the latter of which proved nearly 50% quicker in the above benchmark test. Those scores were 2167 for the i9, 2431 for the 1920X, and 3062 for the 1950X.

Intel's realigned pricing for the Skylake-X processors was quite the buzz, but while the company has obviously reworked its high-end desktop pricing structure, it wasn't enough to stave off the underdog entirely. The Ryzen 3 1200 will, AMD has announced, feature four cores and four threads running at 3.1GHz base and 3.4GHz boost; the Ryzen 3 1300X, meanwhile, increases the clock speed to 3.5GHz base and 3.7GHz boost. As AMD demonstrates in the below launch video, the base 12-core model beats out Intel's Core i9-7900X (10-core CPU with Turbo to 4.3GHz) by a score of just over 2,400 to 2,100 in Cinebench R15. Intel hasn't released frequencies for its two competing chips, but it's pretty predictable. The chips are AMD's most competitive chips in a decade.

For the most part of this year, AMD Ryzen has been the talk of the town with its entire range of graphics cards and processors. That still makes AMD a significantly less expensive option than Intel, core for core. Intel also has Core i3 CPUs clocked significantly higher than AMD does, but AMD will have four full cores to work with.

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