- Jan 3, 2021
- 399 (1.19/day)
|Cooling||some cheap Cooler Master|
|Storage||Samsung 850 EVO 250GB|
|Display(s)||2x Oldell 24" 1920x1200|
|Case||Bitfenix Nova white windowless|
|Audio Device(s)||E-mu 1212m PCI|
|Power Supply||Seasonic G-360|
|Mouse||Logitech Marble trackball, never had a mouse|
|Keyboard||Key Tronic KT2000, no Win key because 1994|
It's a compromise, like most things in CPU design. How much performance can you fit on 215 mm² if you have a choice of either 2+32 or 4+24 or 6+16 or 8+8 or 10+0? (Not exactly, 4×E is bigger than 1×P, Locuza on Twitter now has exact measurements.)Part of me kinda agrees, but I also don't want to see what 2 P-cores + E-core gang looks like in demanding games like MW2019 (probably Vanguard and MW2022 since same engine). Upon every reinstall/major update(?)/drivers change, it runs balls to the wall AVX on all cores possible (dual Ryzen will only fill 1CCD, but still ridiculous heat). Everything is a stuttery mess until it's finished after a few minutes. Should it be better optimized? Definitely, but you know it's not going to happen. BF1 and BFV (esp) are also aggressive on AVX past 2 cores, so BF2042 is surely going to continue that.
Ngl kinda frustrated the E-cores play the same role on desktop (ie. relied on for 90% of work until something "deserving" of P-core). Since 8th gen there's a huge discrepancy on Intel on MT perf between PL2 and PL1. The E-cores' should help bridge that perf gap - but they should be only a performance reserve, instead of this insane E-cores-all-the-time BS. It's the opposite of AMD - on the slightest twitch or click of the mouse Zen 3 will aggressively turbo for a responsive experience. And Intel also did the same, up until it suddenly decided we should pay P-core money for E-core usage
Even 14nm Intel had idle power better than chiplet Ryzen (not APU), so chasing idle/low load power on desktop is a solution searching for a problem - it's the free MT perf that Intel's looking for with the E-cores. Mobile power obviously it's always important, but frankly, for a 12400F-class desktop chip, it's irrelevant. So, 6+0 is great.