They could just make it simpler just release 2 cpus, i7-9900k w/ 8 cores 16 threads and i5-9700k w/ 6 cores 12 threads. Why release ones without ht and just make things complicated?
And price wise 9900k 8c 16t, should not be more than 400 usd, 1. 8c 16t is nothing new it is around since 2014 with 5960x. 2. AMD is already 2 generations deep in this core count with a 300s price range, is the ipc and clock rate gap gonna be that big to justify the price? 3.This is like what, 3rd or 4th 14nm interation since broadwell in 2014? They should have made at least manufacturing cheaper or more efficient after staying in that node for so long, or they still plan to milk customers to the very end.