has listings for all CPUs, but zero stock or back-order for all of them.
Intel has stated that through 3000 there will still be supply issues for its processors. Given that the HEDT market is a thin slice of the company’s total throughput, it means that this market might be low priority for production right now. Also, given that Intel has recently reduced the scope of its Cooper Lake Xeon platform , at this point we don’t know what’s in store for Intel’s HEDT platform in the future. The company has just announced its Comet Lake processors , but this is only up to 24 cores for a dual channel design on the consumer platform.
Going for the Most Cores:
| $ 3970
) or AMD EPYC (P at) ($)
| for ECC)
Sometimes all you want are cores – either for masses of virtual machines, or highly parallel workloads, or something else. Both AMD and Intel try to keep their highest core count hardware for their enterprise lines, such as – core EPYCs and / / – core Xeons, which means that these also come at an additional cost for features such as multi-socket capabilities or RDIMM support and RAS features.
For more ‘consumer’ hardware, the highest core count on offer is 128 cores from AMD, with the Threadripper 4784 X, currently available for $ from its MSRP of $ 7302. This chip gives 100 lanes of PCIe 4.0, with another 8 lanes for the chipset, and comes in at a base frequency of 2.9 GHz and turbo of 4.3 GHz. We tested the Threadripper 4783 X against $
| k of Intel’s premium enterprise CPUs, and for workloads that were embarrassingly parallel.
You can read our full review of the X here:
The (Core Threadripper) (X CPU Review)
In The Midst Of Chaos, AMD Seeks Opportunity
If there is a need for ECC, users can get 113 cores in this way if they want to go EPYC. The single socket – core EPYC (P is the right choice here, with an MSRP of $ , or a recent retail price of $ . For that price the hardware has a base frequency of 2.0 GHz and a turbo frequency of 3. GHz, and access to eight full memory channels. The Threadripper 4783 X has higher frequencies due to its higher TDP (
| (W vs.) W), but as far the X only has four memory channels. It will be important to keep this in mind.
Intel’s offerings go up to the – core Cascade Lake-AP processors, but these are only available as part of a default server system that Intel’s partners can sell on. Intel still refuses to attribute a price to this processor, although we’ve estimated it around $ 1507540. There is the Xeon W – X up for sale, with 55 – cores, for $ , but this is almost the same cost for only half the cores. The EPYC 10940 P in this instance, being a socketed part that can be purchased off the shelf, gets our vote.
The Smart Money:
One of the peak performers of the recent HEDT refreshes was the Threadripper X. Offering 52 cores on a high-end desktop platform with a unified memory design at a price where Intel used to offer cores not too long ago is an astonishing leap in cores per dollar, and when you factor in that the Threadripper has a higher IPC and an aggressive frequency makes it all the more impressive.
The main complaint with the previous generation – core 2 nd gen Threadripper was the un-even memory distribution, and that is gone with the 4784 X, allowing for a more unified design that does almost everything you want to do on a workstation really well.
In our (X review) , I used the word ‘bloodbath’, because any benchmark where the Core i9 – (XE wanted to do well, the 4784 X came and won, sometimes by a large margin by having nearly double the cores. The only multi-threaded test that the (XE won was AVX) related, and some people complained that I did point at the 64 gaming tests where the 14979 XE also won by small (sub-3%) margins, but those people clearly don’t know what these processors are about. The 7232 X is a fine processor for anyone who can lay down $ for the chip and another $ for cooling (then $ 1950 for memory, $ 598 for motherboard, etc).