Is it Intel’s Core i9 vs. AMD’s new 16-core Ryzen 9 CPUs?

Looks like the competition between AMD and Intel is heating up! Recently, Intel had unveiled its newest range of extremely powerful ‘Core X-series’ desktop processors, a Core i9 family and an 18-core desktop chip at the Computex 2017 in Taipei.

Not to be left behind, AMD, who is trailing between Intel and Nvidia, unveiled its new 16-core Ryzen 9 CPU, the Ryzen 9 1998X, at the Computex 2017 press event on Wednesday. This new CPU is all set to take on Intel’s 18-core iCore i9 in high-end desktops.

The new Ryzen 9 CPU will form part of AMD’s high-end desktop X399 platform and will feature up to 16 cores and 32 threads, 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes, and quad channel DDR4 memory. The new Ryzen 9 CPUs, codenamed “Threadripper,” are based on the company’s Zen-core architecture, with the base model sporting 10 cores on the CPU. This chip is easily more powerful than the high-end Ryzen 7 CPUs AMD that was launched 3 months ago.

“We really believe we’re bringing a new class of performance to the eco-system,” said AMD CEO Lisa Su during the Ryzen Threadripper’s launch at Computex.

No details regarding the 1998X’s base and turbo clock speeds, nor the price was disclosed by AMD. However, the buzz is that the Ryzen Threadripper will be priced very competitively against Intel. The company said the new CPUs would be shipping in summer 2017.

Further, AMD also unveiled a teaser of its new Radeon RX Vega, an upcoming flagship gaming GPU that’s based on the company’s new Vega architecture, at the press event that looks to take on Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and Titan Xp GPUs. The company said more information on the Radeon RX Vega range will be revealed at the Siggraph conference, which runs from July 30 to August 3, without revealing the price.

Also, two RX Vega GPUs running the demanding video game Prey on ‘ultra’ settings at 4K resolution on a 1998X-powered system were showcased at the event.

“Our message is that for the true enthusiast-class performance capability this combination will be an incredible combination,” said Su.

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