- Oct 16, 2019
Nah what AMD needs is higher power limits to keep up in all MT workloads, that's all. Which is exactly why the 170W TDP (230W PPT) SKU exists.Gracemont performs better than Zen 2 and worse than Zen 3. Throw 16 of them in a chip along with the Raptor Cove, and assuming Intel isn't power limited, the chip will be 40-50% faster than a 5950X. That means a 6950X will need to be 40%-50% faster to tie with the Intel chip. That is why AMD needs a 24 core SKU. Note that Raptor Lake is currently rumored to launch BEFORE Zen 4. If Raptor Cove is power limited, then AMD doesn't need to make up such a wide gap.
125W PL1, 241W PL2. That is from the Gigabyte leak. Raptor lake apparently has a lower PL2 (I would have to dig up the Igor's lab article).
24 cores is unnecessary. Zen 4 cores themselves are significantly stronger, plus you get an extra 25-30% perf from higher power limits.