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Published on May 7, 2015 By starkers In Personal Computing

Just as the title says, AMD is claiming that its upcoming Zen processor, which will be based on 14nm process tecnology, will compete with the best Intel can produce.  To be honest, I really hope so. 

While my main machine is currently Intel based, I have run several AMD machines over the years and hope the company can again become competitive because I have been happy with its products and would rather see it remain a force in the tech world than fold, as some journalists/tech commentators have suggested it would.  Put simply, the world does not need another monopoly, AMD's survival benefits consumers of both Intel and AMD alike.

Anyway, here's the article..... http://hothardware.com/news/amd-claims-zen-processor-cores-will-compete-with-intel-announces-next-gen-graphics-with-hbm-stacked-memory


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on May 07, 2015

I'm pulling for them as well, love to see them up each other every round. Been a while since AMD has been at the top.

on May 07, 2015

BlackSmokeDMax

I'm pulling for them as well, love to see them up each other every round. Been a while since AMD has been at the top.

 Me too, I'd love to see AMD pull it off and produce a super quick CPU that gives Intel a run for its money... not because I'm an AMD fanboi or anything, but because the industry needs another viable CPU manufacturer that can bring back healthy competition and hopefully benefit consumers via better pricing across the board.  A few journalists and other industry watchers would have us believe that AMD is all but down and out, but I've been reading in recent times about various developments in the company, including the change of leadership, etc, and feel there are positives coming from it, with the newa of the new Zen architecture being the best news yet.

Go AMD!

on May 07, 2015

It would be really nice for someone to give Intel a reason to push the envelope, if nothing else.  I'm getting tired of being stuck below 4ghz on stock speeds.  If we had 8ghz processors, Sins would run like a dream!

on May 07, 2015

But why go above 4ghz when you can go from 4 to SIX cores? That's right! They jumped a motherfucking core. You thought they'd go to 5 after 4, but they went straight to 6!!!

on May 07, 2015

psychoak

It would be really nice for someone to give Intel a reason to push the envelope, if nothing else.  I'm getting tired of being stuck below 4ghz on stock speeds.  If we had 8ghz processors, Sins would run like a dream!

That's the reason why we need AMD, well part of it, at least.  With AMD viable and producing high speed CPUSs that rival or even better Intel equivelants, Intel is going to step up to the plate and push the boundaries beyond current levels.  Whether you're an AMD or Intel user, having AMD challenge Intel for the crown is a good thing.

I have a CPU from both camps, an i7 4970K from Intel, and a FX 8350 from AMD, both their best units at the time of purchase, and I've been 100% happy with both in terms of performance, stability and reliabilty... though my 4970K will perform better when I upgrade to a Z97 chipped motherboard next week.  Currently it's on a Z87 board, which is slower and does not allow for optimum/peak performance.  However, I've again digressed and steered away from my original thought, which is that I have a great CPU from each company and would like to see them both produce bigger, better more efficient CPUs that clock well beyond 4Ghz, yet are stable and competitive price-wise.

on May 11, 2015

LOL.  Oh, AMD.  You're announcing that your processor that's on the roadmap for 2016 will keep up with Intel, presumably based with what Intel has out now.  Have you learned nothing?

Don't get me wrong, I hope AMD does release something.  But their last attempt to make something keep up with Intel needed 220 watts to do so and still failed at it.

on May 11, 2015

I've ran AMD for years and will continue to support them.  I have and old system running an Athlon II 250 processor, 3000 MHZ 2 core.  Good for what I do.

on May 11, 2015

psychoak

It would be really nice for someone to give Intel a reason to push the envelope, if nothing else.  I'm getting tired of being stuck below 4ghz on stock speeds.  If we had 8ghz processors, Sins would run like a dream!

Maybe their only hope is to make the jump to the 300 THz range!

on May 11, 2015

They're planning to jump from steam to electricity....

on May 11, 2015


They're planning to jump from steam to electricity....

No, they're upgrading from the hamster wheel to nuclear power... with a solar backup.

on May 11, 2015

but will it skylake ?
No  

on May 12, 2015

What is this skylake of which you speak... and do we have to fear it overflowing from upon high? 

I hope not, cos here it floods downstairs when there's excessive precipitation.

 

Seriously, until both Zen and Skylake are releasded and benchmarked, etc, one should not draw conclusions regarding either.  Given the leadership and engineering staff changes, the architectural rethink, AMD may very well surprise everyone with a CPU that not only competes with Skylake but even surpasses it.  Who knows, while Intel is spouting Skylake to be its most significant processor yet, it may not live up to the hype and be a marketing failure.  I hope not, but anything is possible, right?

As for AMD processors, I have used a number of them over the years and cannot complain about performance, efficiency or stability, etc.  All delivered and met my needs/expectations, and with millions of satisfied users around the world, AMD is not the failure some would like to suggest.  Yes, Intel has been No1 for a long time now, but I don't know that it has been such a good thing from a price-point/consumers point of view.  Hopefully, AMD,s Zen range is the competitive turning point that benefits customers of both companies, both in price and performance.

 

on May 12, 2015

Well, AMD can't do shit about performance pricing in their current state, but they have been controlling pricing at the low end.  As basically a bargain processor manufacturer, they've prevented Intel from participating in the majority market without charging significantly less for comparable performance than they do for their faster stuff.  The i5 2500k I have is a product of AMD's price points.  It released at just over $200 for a processor as fast as thousand dollar models from the line before.  It had to because AMD dropped the price on their six cores to under $200 and they were almost competitive.

on May 12, 2015

yes please

we need competitive AMD otherwise well be stuck with 4-core CPUs from intel in mainstream till eternity...

just consider: 2005 first dual-core CPUs popped up, cca 2007/2008 the quads became mainstream, 2010 i happened to have the luck to buy the first 6-core CPU from Intel...5 years later the best consumer CPU you can buy is 8-core and even that is Extreme Edition (disregarding now AMD´s double-module CPUs as 8-cores)... granted you can only gain from increasing number of cores so much until its starts losing the efficiency, but still...quite a massive drop-off in progress we witnessed in recent years.   

on May 13, 2015

Well, being a redneck, you know I have an opinion.

 

It is my opinion that AMD is much preferred over Intel hands down, at least in my world.

 

I have 3 AMD 6 core processor rigs and one Intel core i7 rig. All self built, all having SSDs and 12 + GB ram, and similar GFX cards.  I much prefer the AMDs.

 

Intels are good, don't get me wrong. But the gain in performance doesn't match the increase the price. IMO...YMMV

 

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