The announcement of the launch of the Intel Core i9 that came a few days ago put the interesting things in a battle in which megahertz gave way to cores. Suddenly we found micros that would reach 10 to 18 colors, something amazing.
Amazing … but not for all areas. Intel’s response to AMD processors also focused on this parallelism is interesting in some scenarios, but the analysis that has appeared in several media makes one thing clear: if you are thinking of building a gaming team, do not even think about investing in these processors.
Great for many things, but not for playing
The Skylake-X family to which processors such as Intel Core i9-7900X, i7-7820X and i7-7800X have been tested on sites such as AnandTechstands out for that large number of cores at much more restrained prices than previous Intel releases, in addition to a large number of PCIe tracks so that the expansion capabilities of these equipments are exceptional.
The performance of the Core i7-7700K is almost identical to the Core i9-7900K in games like Tomb Raider, but the first is about $ 300 per 1000 of the beastly Core i9 10 cores. Source: PCWorld
These processors are fantastic when compared to the old Intel Core i7-6950X from the Broadwell-E family that are priced at around $1700 and offer better performance for the $ 999 that costs that Core i9-7900X that Intel has already prepared to go on stage.
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In tools that take advantage of the high parallelism of these processors like Cinebench or Blender the performance of these micros is fantastic, but the thing changes if we are thinking of taking advantage of these CPUs to improve our game experience.
In AnandTech they believe that future motherboard upgrades will improve that behavior, but in places like Guru3D they make it clear that “in the face of gaming your money will be better spent on a faster GPU and not on a super-expensive CPU.” At PCWorld they are even more pragmatic and indicate that “at $ 1,000 for this 10-core chip, you’ll be paying about 100% more than a Ryzen 7 with 8 cores and you’ll achieve only 30% more performance.”
If we consider that the AMD Threadripper are also close to their output – we will see at what prices – investing in these models of Intel in the short term seems inadvisable unless you are in a hurry to take advantage of their potential in scenarios such as 3D production. For games, we insist, there are other options much more interesting in price / performance and one of them is of course the Intel Core i7-7700K that bets on the IPC and not the colors.