QOTW: Which is the most impressive CPU of 2018?

by Parm Mann on 26 October 2018, 16:31


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There are still two months to go before we see out the year, yet 2018 is already shaping up to be a memorable one for CPU launches. In the past 10 months we've had second-generation Ryzen and Threadripper chips from AMD, Intel has introduced its 9th Gen Core, and there will be further surprises in November and December.

The desktop CPU space is brimming with excitement, and there's plenty of development in the mobile space, too, with the likes of the 7nm Apple A12 Bionic and 10nm Snapdragon 845 powering some of the best smartphones of today.

What we want to know is which is the most impressive CPU of 2018? It could be mobile, laptop or desktop, and what makes a truly impressive chip is open to your own interpretation. Some might put an emphasis on increased performance, others may favour value for money, and there will be those who appreciate the technical achievements. Either way, let's hear your nominations and reasoning using the comments facility below.

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I think for power profile, performance and capabilities the crown has to go to the Threadripper 2990WX. Being able to run 32/64 at quite impressive clocks and possible to be air cooled at stock is unheard of this side of the last 5 years. Motherboard support, memory and peripheral compatibility is also more than you can shake a stick at as well.

And being compatible with previous gen mobos at Stock was a boon for developers!
I'm in the same boat as Tabbykatze. The threadripper release is very impressive
Threadripper 2990WX without any doubt.

It is the one that redefines the market.
Anandtech did an article on the best CPU for gaming and came out with the Ryzen 3 2200G or the Core-i3-8100 as their best overall choice. Quite amusing really but does go to show how much modern games are GPU limited and how little the CPU has to contribute relative to what is available. For even their most expensive test systems they never even got near to the i7 range, never mind the i9.

Most impressive? Well it has to be Threadripper. It really has made Intel go “whhhhaaa” and start churning out poorly optimised rush job high core count processors and has forced them to rejig their range which had been well established and comfortable for years. It has been disruptive, one could say. As has Ryzen but those core counts and numbers coming out of Threadripper are just insane. No use for me, I just need a decent mainstream CPU.

Just hope that the Windows scheduling problems are sorted soon and we start seeing Threadripper performance on Windows that we currently see on Linux.
Probably the Ryzen 7 2700 or 2700X(£249 and £299). Great performance for the price. At the budget end, the Ryzen 3 2200G for £90, a great chip also. With Black friday coming, even better prices might be had by then.