It's a ridiculously exciting time to be a PC enthusiast. AMD launched new Ryzen processors a few months ago, and will soon deliver 16- and 32-core Threadripper parts for those with high data processing needs. It is also mercilessly rumored that NVIDIA will soon launch some new GeForce cards, and with the SIGGRAPH Professional Graphic Conference that will take place next week, we could see some new workstation cards as well.
Intel is expected to launch its 9-gen Core series processors in the coming months, with top SKU appearing to be an absolute animal for all-round usage cases. After years of lukewarm iteration, i9-9900K goes for the 2700X jugular ̵
The i7-8700K dominated single-threaded performance cards up to i7-8086K released this summer, peaked at 5GHz on a core. This piece then falls uncertain to 4.6 GHz when it drives two cores, which seems to be leveled by 9900K.
This 8-core section has been shown to peak at 5GHz with both 1 and 2 core usage, which is hugely impressive – but it will get better. The bells from that point just progressively work down and settle on a dizzying 4.7GHz for all-core turbo. In comparison, the six-core i7-8700K at 4.3 GHz peaked on all cores. Intel will not only push even further on the IPC front, it will also dominate the charts against all other 8 core processors.
We can not accurately discount AMD in the 8-core game, but because it's single-stranded performance can not match Intel, the company's pricing has been super-aggressive, offering a lot of performance for the dollar. But even if a piece like i9-9900K costs 600 dollars, it's actually the all-around CPU for high-end enthusiasts. 8 cores are actually enough for most. Top-end processors from the Ryzen and Core X series are for those with more need for more cores than more IPC, but for the general public, the IPC is a king and eight cores are the sweet spot right now.
It's safe to say we want one.