Not even a week has passed since Intel has raised enourmous attention with the details of its upcoming Kaby Lake and Skylake-X CPUs. The most astonishing part of these news were indeed the prices, which differ greatly from those of the predecessor generation.
Now directly from the Computex 2017 expo come the first rumors regarding the expected prices of AMD’s Threadripper processors. The flagship product, the 1998X, should be clearly the winner with a MRSP of only 900 $. Comparing this price to the recently announced prices of the Core i9 processors, Intel would be faced with exactly the situation that had already provoked AMD with the release of Ryzen 4, 5 and 7: Similar, partly better performance for almost half the price.
Here again a comparison of the coming models:
|Cores/Threads||Intel Model||Frequency||Price||AMD Model||Frequency||Price|
|10/20||7900X||3.3 GHz||999$||1955X||3.6 GHz||N.A.|
Of course we must not forget that Intel still has the 7980XE in its portfolio, to which AMD has yet no answer against its 18 cores. We still do not even know the exact frequency clocks of the top models of INTEL CPUs, but we can assume they wont be noticeably higher than those of the 7900X.
At the same time, it should be remembered that AMD will also offer all Threadripper models in a non-X version, each with a smaller base clock frequency. Last but not least, it should be noted that both companies interpret “boost clock” slightly differently, which is why these values were not listed here.
If these price rumors are true, this would be a harsh setback for Intel, which with the recent price shift actually had a very good chance to turn the blanket back in their favor. But 16 cores for a price below of what would Intel’s 10 core cost would be a very painful blow. Although these figures have not been officially confirmed by AMD so far, they fit astonishingly well into the previous price scheme of the Ryzen processors.