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Intel quietly announces the i9-7920X CPU in response to AMD's Threadripper

The i9-7920X features 16.5 MB of level 3 cache compared to i9-7900X’s 13.75 MB. (Source: Intel)
The i9-7920X features 16.5 MB of level 3 cache compared to i9-7900X’s 13.75 MB. (Source: Intel)
Intel's latest CPU price list mentions the i9-7920X as a 12-core / 24-thread processor with a base clock of 2.9 GHz and an MSRP of US$1,189. The core count make it a direct competitor for AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 1920X, even though the AMD CPU costs US$799.

AMD upped the ante with the reveal of the latest Threadripper CPU benchmarks from last week, and it seems Intel is starting to feel the pressure, at least in the enthusiast segment. The latest price list issued by Intel features the Core i9-7920X as a 12-core / 24-thread CPU that is priced at MSRP US$1,189 and should be available in August. The core count suggests that this is Intel’s answer to AMD’s 12-core Ryzen Threadripper 1920X CPU, although the AMD CPU costs only US$799.

The i9-7920X has a base frequency of 2.9 GHz. Compared to the 10-core i9-7900X that has a 3.3 GHz base frequency, it seems like the downclocking on the 12-core CPU is a bit too steep, even though the boost frequency is not yet known. If Intel ups the boost frequency to 4.5 GHz for the 12-core CPU, it could potentially prove faster than AMD’s Threadripper 1920X. However, AMD still hasn’t revealed XFR turbo frequencies for the Threadripper models. The i9-7920X also features 16.5 MB of level 3 cache compared to i9-7900X’s 13.75 MB.

The latest price list also reveals that Intel did not cut any prices for their Skylake-X models, but this should happen as soon as the 8th generation of CPUs gets released in Q4 2017.

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Bogdan Solca, 2017-07-20 (Update: 2017-07-21)
Bogdan Solca
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I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.