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It's an Intel Hexa Core
Submitted on Sunday, February 17, 2019
By Scott Coburn
From Prince Albert
Strengths of the product
Well it's a Hexa Core from Intel. Thanks to Ryzen, Intel is having to put more cores in their CPU's to compete -Six cores with a boost of 4.6GHz, most motherboards will sync all six cores to the fastest boost speed -Soldered IHS, no more thermal paste, should mean lower temps -Should easily overclock to ~5 Giggle Hertz -Same strong IMC we've come to expect from Intel, so it shouldn't have any issue running RAM above JEDEC standards. Meaning XMP profiles should work out of the box in most cases.
Weaknesses of the product
Not much of a leap in terms of IPC over the 8th or even the 7th gen cores. -No HyperThreading (if you like HT) -Not as many cores as the competing (equal in price) Ryzen CPUs
So it's an Intel CPU which means for now you get the highest IPC. So while having fewer cores than the competing Ryzen processors, it will beat these CPUs in single and lightly threaded apps. So if you are strictly a gamer, you will be well served with this CPU. Intel usually has more overclocking headroom than competing AMD CPUs too. If you are into content creation and use software that is heavily threaded then you will be better served by a Ryzen CPU. Intel has the IPC lead for now, things could get interesting if Ryzen 3000 series CPUs change this. If they can get on par with Intel, then with their core count advantage we could have a situation like we did in the Pentium 4 vs Athlon 64 days.