Intel’s CPUs have been struggling against AMD’s Zen 2 onslaught lately, especially on the multi-threaded front, where the Ryzen chips have a major advantage. The Ryzen 5 3600 in the mid-range space and the Ryzen 9 3950X in the enthusiast segment
While not exactly a mainstream processor, here above you can see a Cascade Lake-X (Glacier Falls) CPU packing 18 cores and 36 threads. It’s running on a Gigabyte X299G Windforce board indicating that it’ll be
And look at that, it manages to beat the 32 core Threadripper 2990WX in the multi-media bench. Not that surprising given that the Zen+parts have a lower IPC compared to the Cascade Lake design. However, the gap isn’t that wide and this is just one test. SiSoft also has the “Processor Arithmetic” score of the 18 core CSL-X CPU. Let’s compare the two HEDT processors using the second metric:
As expected, the 32 core Threadripper is quite a bit faster in this test, thanks to all those juicy cores. However, it’s still worth keeping in mind that we’re comparing an 18 core product with a 32 core, despite the fact that they’ll probably be priced the same. Still, the difference is almost 2x in most of the arithmetic tests which is impressive regardless.
Intel is expected to launch the Cascade Lake-X lineup in the coming months at their traditional sky-high pricing. AMD is also working on a 64 core Threadripper based on the 7nm architecture, though we’re not sure if it’ll leverage the Zen 2 or Zen+ architecture. Stay tuned for more processor leaks.