Originally Posted by Syan48306
The part about outrageous prices only is not true. A 5820K or a 6800K Skylake/Broadwell E processor can be had right around $400 that supports quad channel ram.
$400 for a hexacore isn't good enough. The price has no relation to the manufacturing cost, we've come so far on process technology that a six core with that kind of IPC should be closing on mainstream.
Originally Posted by formula m
Are you READING..? "The demonstration used the multi-threaded Blender rendering application on two similarly configured PCs. One featured an engineering sample Summit Ridge chip, while the other featured a new Intel Broadwell-E Core i7-6900K CPU. While the Core i7-6900K can run up to 4GHz on some workloads, AMD conducted the test with both CPUs locked at 3GHz.""This methodology may seem unorthodox to some, but matching the chips clock-for-clock helps reveal their efficiencies. Conducting the test this way also helps AMD protect the final shipping clock speeds of the chips. In the demo, which was performed just once, the Zen finished a nose ahead of the Broadwell-E Core i7-6900K chip."
ergo: AMD's Zen = clock for clock = i7 6900k
Blender has always run fairly well on AMD CPUs. I stand by what I said, on average Zen should be 10-20% begind Skylake on IPC and clocks, depending on the testing suite. In some edge cases the AMD CPU might well win in.