Does Disabling SMT on a Ryzen 7 CPU Improves its Performance?

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With the release of AMD Ryzen 7 last March 2 and Ryzen 5 series last week, and the impending release of the cheapest Ryzen 3 series by H2, Intel is cramming to get back into the market with its version of powerful processors. It also finally debuts AMD's Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT) technology, which is similar to Intel's Hyper-Threading technology, where two threads are utilised per core. Intel famously retired its "tick tock" strategy of alternating biannual architecture and process changes with the Kaby Lake generation, adding a third "optimisation" step.

Basin Falls is purportedly the codename for Intel's new X299 chipset, and the Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X chips based on it. BenchLife previously leaked the Basin Falls platform, showing that at least 4 SKUs is headed for the X299 platform.

Kaby Lake-X: Kaby Lake-X's exact features and capabilities are somewhat unclear. Intel's flagship Core i7-7700K costs just £320 on Amazon, a significant difference in price. How Kaby Lake-X would distance itself from the X270 variant is yet to be determined.

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Intel also plans to unveil its Basin Falls platform, with Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors at Computex 2017, which takes place from May 30 to June 3, which is two months earlier than originally scheduled. It looks like Intel is going to repackage the mainstream Kaby Lake into the new socket. Practically, this would seem to point to a few percentage points more clock speed.

COMPUTER CHIP FORERUNNERS AMD and Intel are the tech industry's longest-standing rivals when it comes to semiconductors. But now the launch will happen months before the original date in August 2017. However, the 10nm architecture codenamed Cannonlake will now either be delayed even further, or will be used only for chips aimed at thin laptops and tablets and coexist with Coffee Lake chips. Is there some group of HEDT customers who are dying to buy Intel's most expensive consumer platform, then equip it with a CPU with entry-level graphics and no ability to make any use of the X299's major features over the X270 chipset?

Maybe there are, or maybe these rumors are missing some details. Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.

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