AMD will announce its next-Gen CPUs Ryzen on 2nd March, a serious threat to the hegemony of Intel. In recent tests from AMD side we have already seen that the flagship CPU from AMD Ryzen surpasses an Intel Core i7-6900K (1,200 euros) with almost half price tag. Now, according to the recent reports, Intel is allegedly preparing to launch two new CPUs to face AMD Ryzen: the Intel Core i7-7740K and Core i5-7640K.

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Intel Core i7-7740K

It would be the refresh variant of the Core i7-7700K, where its base frequency increases by 100 MHz to reach 4.30 GHz at the expense of a much higher TDP passing from 91 to 100W. At the moment we don’t have information on Turbo Frequency, but it would be 4.60 GHz (Vs 4.50 GHz).

Core i5-7640K

The i5-7640K, however, could be another beast entirely. A gain of 200 MHz to reach 4.0 GHz (vs 3.8) with TDP also reach to 100W. The most important thing here is that the Core i5-7640K would have the Hyper-Threading technology, something seen for the first time in a Core i5 CPU. On the other side all AMD Ryzen CPUs have SMT technology (Hyper-Threading) and available with 4, 6 and 8 cores.

If true, this is a bold move for a typically conservative company. It seems to me that adding Hyper-Threading to an Intel Core-i5 would cause unneeded competition between two Intel processors. What spend extra on an i7 if you can get the i5 for less? What I would like to see is some 6 or 8 core 1151 processors from Intel.

Intel Core i7-7740K and Core i5-7640K Specifications:

CPU Model Intel Core i5-7600K Intel Core i5-7640K Intel Core i7-7700K Intel Core i7-7740K
CPU Process 14nm+ 14nm+ 14nm+ 14nm+
Cores/Threads 4/4 4/8? 4/8 4/8
Base Clock 3.8 GHz 4.0 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.3 GHz
Boost Clock 4.2 GHz TBD 4.5 GHz TBD
L3 Cache 6 MB L3 8 MB L3? 8 MB L3 8 MB L3
Memory Support DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4
Socket Type LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151
TDP 91W 100W 91W 100W
Price $242 US TBD $339 US TBD

via: cpchardware