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.
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).
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|
|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|
|Socket Type||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151|
|Price||$242 US||TBD||$339 US||TBD|