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QOTW: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X or Intel Core i9-7900X?

by Parm Mann on 11 August 2017, 16:31


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It was fascinating to learn about reader preferences and a dramatic swing toward AMD in the mid-range CPU market a few weeks back, when we posed the question: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 or Intel Core i5-7600?

Fast forward to today and there's a debate to be had at the opposite end of the spectrum, where both chip manufacturers have introduced a new powerhouse for HEDT enthusiasts wanting the best of the best. In AMD's corner we have Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, a 16-core, 32-thread giant who excels in heavily multi-threaded scenarios, while in Intel's corner the 10-core, 20-thread Core i9-7900X packs a single-thread advantage and can hardly be called a slouch when all cores are put to work.

These phenomenal chips represent the finest that HEDT has had to offer for quite some time, and the supporting X299 and X399 chipsets hold plenty of appeal, too. We doubt any of you would mind having either of these chips at the helm of your PC, but for the sake of today's discussion, if you were to spend $999 on a new CPU, which would you choose: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X or Intel Core i9-7900X?

State your preference using the comments facility below, and do feel free to share your reasons for or against.

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Threadripper if the gaming performance decrease is less than 10%
not getting either though, as i am giving up my desktop middle of next year sadly.
I am more than happy with my i7-5930K so I am not actually after an upgrade.

But hypothetically, if I was I think I would be more likely to go for the i9-7900X
Being a gamer I'm happy with the 7700k and will be for some time, but if I was a professional and actually needed all these cores for those types of workloads… I would honestly still go the Intel route. Simply because when your are in a professional setting then you are looking more at long term costs such energy efficiency, performance (tasks completed over time), reliability, support etc. - The initial purchase price becomes moot, and as far as I can see Intel is still winning on the long term investment side of things.

(For the record I'm no Intel fan boy and I've used AMD in nearly ALL of my previous builds, however I've gotten tired of always having the lesser performing system)
Neither as I am a mini ITX fan but probably Threadripper just for the craziness of having 16 cores! :p


Despite Intel have a better 14nm node it is shocking how well AMD does in performance and performance per watt:

Threadripper for me :) I have too many Intel based builds in my home at the moment, so time to give AMD a try :) Not that I'd need 16 cores (my 8 core 5960X has been sat here for over a year not doing anything because of lack of money and more important issues such as my daughter, so it's been delayed a while and my 920 D0's, twin Xeon's and 2600k etc are all doing me proud but moving on!!) but when I do a build a bit of overkill is always so much fun, so why not :D