AMD's Threadripper 3000 chips could demolish Intel's best

New performance leaks have been found on Geekbench for both AMD and Intel's next-generation high-end desktop chips and by all measures, it looks like it's going to be a landslide win for AMD. Not only are its Threadripper 3000 CPUs capable of higher single-threaded performance, but with more than three times the numbers of cores, they absolutely destroy the Intel counterpart in multi-core performance too.

It is perhaps, mildly unfair to do a direct comparison between the Intel Cascade Lake Core i9-10900X, with its mere 10-cores and 20 threads, and AMD's unnamed 32 core Threadripper 3000 CPU. The former is likely an entry-level part for that generation of HEDT chips, while the AMD alternative is either the mid-range powerhouse or the top-tier chip of that lineup. But even if Intel has an 18-core part it can offer, like the top-of-the-line Skylake X 9980XE, it's not going to double its score in multi-threaded performance. Based on older designs too, we don't expect single-threaded performance to increase with such a design change either, which suggests that AMD's Threadripper chips will be faster, clock for clock, than anything Intel's Cascade Lake can bring to the table.

Threadripper 3000 chips will be based on the same Zen 2 architecture as its Ryzen 3000 mainstream parts, combining a 12nm I/O die with multiple 7nm chiplets. These are expected to be some of the best binned of AMD's chiplet manufacturing too, which would likely lead to greater performance than we've seen in even the amazing 3900X. A 4.23GHz boost clock is impressive on a 32-core part, but it's possible that lower core counts like 16 or 24, could lead to greater clock speeds, offering performance far in excess of anything with AMD or Intel has yet released.

We expect Threadripper 3000 before the end of the year, while Cascade Lake X is slated for an early 2020 unveiling.

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