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AMD created an interesting competition in the processor market after several years with its Ryzen processors. After the company released the latest processors, it became highly popular among everyone with its solid performance largely due to price performance ratio. While there is still some catching up to do for the company, everyone thinks that Intel has a tough time ahead of them. However, Intel has reportedly decided to hit back with an 18-core processor.
According to latest rumors, Intel Core i9-7980XE is likely to feature whopping 18 cores along with a 16 core and 14 core processors. These processors are likely targeted towards high end market.
However, Intel is yet to confirm if the rumors are true. But in the meantime, reports have started surfacing that AMD is currently working on brining Ryzen 9 “Threadripper” chips for high end customers. Rumors have suggested that the processor have some eye-watering specifications. For example, it’s rumored to be a 16-core / 32-thread beast with a base clock of 3.5GHz (Boost to 3.9GHz), quad-channel DDR4 support and access to 44 PCIe lanes. That chip, along with the 1998, will carry a 155W TDP.
Intel is expected to announce its X299 platform in the coming weeks and we will need to wait and see how the chipmaker decides to response to the competition provided by AMD.