The Intel Core i9 7920X is clocked slower than the cheaper i9 7900X; is Intel losing at their own game?
We nearly missed the news of the Intel i9 7920X being silently added to Intel’s official price list. From this price list, we know that the Intel Core i9 7920X will feature 12 cores, 24 threads and a surprisingly low base clock of 2.9 GHz. It has been a long time since we saw an Intel CPU dip below 3.0 GHz, especially one of such high ambitions.
Intel has been leading in the clock speed game, providing better performance in games simply due to its fast cores that easily go up to 4.5 GHz and above especially if we are talking about the Kaby Lake LGA 1151 CPUs, while AMD Ryzen CPUs generally tap out at 4.0 GHz. With the Intel i9 7920X sporting base clocks of just 2.9 GHz, it raises my eyebrows as to how will Intel play their cards this time around. For comparison’s sake, the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X is priced at just $799, offers the same amount of cores and threads, and has a base clock of 3.5 GHz. For $390 less, you get a 600 MHz faster base clock, and 20 extra PCIe lanes.
For those who are still reading, the Intel Core i9 7920X features 16.5MB of L3 cache, 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes and a boost clock reportedly to be around 4.0 GHz. Since all the CPUs on Intel’s X299 HEDT platform are overclockable, enthusiasts may be able to squeeze out some extra performance out of the i9 7920X. If they do not run into VRM issues on their motherboards, that is. All this will be yours for the very affordable price of $1189. Oh and paying $190 less will get you the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X with 16 cores and 32 threads.
Pokdepinion: Intel’s pricing strategy is so difficult to understand. I wonder if they realized that they actually have competition.