WTF?! A 64-Core processor from AMD wow! Intel is seriously trailing behind in 2019.
AMD has been leading Intel into a friendly rivalry based on the number of cores one can pack into a CPU, and it’s been all fun and games for the last two years as each has fought to overwhelm the other with the sheer number of cores. Yet Wccftech claims that AMD is planning a monster 64-core CPU for some time towards the end of 2019. Who needs that many cores?
I mean, yes, the many video producers at Gizmodo seem okay with more cores. “[M]ore cores the better” one told me via Slack. “[S]eems powerful, I could try it,” said another. More cores on a CPU means that CPU can handle more processes in parallel. So if you render a lot of really big video files, then 64 cores is amazing.
But at what cost? Wccftech guesses it will retail for $2,500 to $3,000. That’s quite a bit until you consider an 18-core Intel i9-9980XE retails for nearly $2,000, and a 28-core Xeon processor retails for over $8,000. The supposed 64-core Threadripper would likely be the flagship CPU for AMD’s third generation of Threadripper products.
As wild as a 64-core CPU is, it’s also not surprising. Thanks to the system bus architecture AMD developed, Infinity Fabric, it can merge CPUs together and create parts with larger core counts a lot easier than its rivals.
On Monday, it launched what appears to be its wildest CPU yet, a 16-core CPU that has just a 105W TDP. That means it uses significantly less power than any previous 16-core CPU from AMD, or from Intel. Intel has traditionally handled power better than AMD, whose parts can be energy hogs.