Intel Core i7 chips may abandon hyperthreading

Published on August 3, 2018

With Intel’s naming scheme for the processors, it is often described as the Obtuse as they have got some patterns about the company that they follow. When it comes to desktop processors, the i7 branding already denotes chips with the help of the hyperthreading which was enabled by running two threads on each of the core. I5 branded parts had got the same number of cores, but in this case, hyperthreading has disabled. In i3 parts, it has got fewer cores than i5 parts, but in it, hyperthreading is enabled.

In the 8th generation chips, it has changed the pattern in which the desktop i3’s don’t have hyperthreading, but the relationship between the i5s and i7s has remained same. It seems now the next batch of the processors will be branded as the 9th generation chips. Benchmarks have found in the SiSoft Sandra database list about the core i7-9700K processor. This will increase the core count which is from the current six cores which is present in 8th generation Coffee Lake parts to about eight cores. Even though it is an i7 chip, it will not appear to have the hyperthreading available. The base clock speed is about 3.6 GHz whose peak turbo is about 4.9 GHz, and it has got a 12MB cache. The expected price of this is said to be the same that is $350.

The chip which will sit above the i7-9700K in the product lineup, the company is now extending the use of the i9 branding which is initially reserved for the X-series High-end Desktop Platform. The i9-9900K will be an eight-core and 16 thread processor. This will have the cache up to 16MB along with the peak turbo up to 5GHz. The expected price is said to be $450.

Even if the new i7s do not have hyperthreading, they will be faster than old i7s. This part with eight cores is now going to be fastest than the four core or 8 core thread chips. They will be faster than the 6core/12 thread 8th generation chips whose peak clock speeds are a little bit higher than what they are in 8th generation chips.

The 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th generation chips processors will be using close derivatives of the skylake design along with each new generation which bumps up clock speeds along with core counts. Intel’s 10nm manufacturing process along with future core designs will be able to create a bigger generation improvement.

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