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  • Are More Cores Better
  • Are More Cores Better


    Hosts: Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain
    Time: 30:26

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    Originally recorded February 2020

    Show Notes

    The Intel 10 series processors were announced sometime late in 2019 and like most new CPUs their release sparked a new refresh of motherboards and the typical shortage of product for consumers to buy.  As of this recording the X299 LGA 2066 10-Series CPUs are largely out of stock and the smaller consumer versions are due out in the spring.

    There was a performance leak of the Core i9 10900k showing that it was faster than the Ryzen 9 3900X in PCMark 10 and getting AMD fanboys upset and Intel cheering in the wings.  However, when you check the rumored specs for the 10900K you’ll see that all 10 cores are boosted and it has a higher CPU frequency.  In the enthusiast world this is how you make benchmarks faster at the expense of excess heat.  Large chips like the Threadripper 3 and many HEDT Intel X-Series processors will only boost a small number of cores to offer better performance while still staying below the imposed TDP and power draw. 

    With this new generation of multi core CPUs it is important to remember that high core count isn’t the best metric for performance.  Most large CPUs are clocked lower than their smaller counterparts due to heat and issues synchronizing the individual cores and unless you are using a multi threaded application that can use EVERY core in the CPU there is a very good chance the smaller chips will always be faster.

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    Episode 108 featured music:
    Little People - Start Shootin' (http://www.littlepeoplemusic.com/)