Yesterday, Intel announced a new line of “Core X” processors at Computex (an international information technology expo). These Core X processors offer more powerful versions of the core i5 and i7 models, as well as a new line of core i9 processors. While the Core X line of processors is specifically targeted towards gaming consumers and PC owners that want more performance it is not yet readily available or cost effective for business yet it does show promise for the near future of business computing.
Pump the Brakes
You may be tempted to run out and upgrade your computer but you may want to hold off for a bit. These core i9 processors run very hot (140-Watt TDP chips) and require a special motherboard along with an Intel designed liquid cooling system (TS13X). While the processor itself has a high price point at $999-$1,699 (depending on the model), the cost of replacing a motherboard and adding a liquid cooling system, makes this a poor choice for most business as of yet. That being said – Intel is likely feeling the heat from AMD as industry rumors about a 32 core CPU (codename: Naples) surface. No doubt a bid from AMD to secure their foothold in the server market.
Competition Benefits the Consumer
As competition between CPU manufacturers increase we will likely see faster, better performing chips hit the market in the next 6 months to a year. This also means that businesses will likely see a greater benefit of a hardware upgrade as these new chips become standard issue. Specifically, the fierce competition between Intel and AMD may also have an impact in the way IT handles server builds, in that, we will likely see more AMD and lower power processors being used in production data centers. According to AMD executive Forrest Norrod,
“two-socket servers built with [Naples] will have the flexibility, performance, and security to support workloads that once required 4-socket or larger server configurations. [Customers] can support even more virtual machines per server in virtaulized and cloud computing environments.”