Intel internal memo highlights competitive challenges AMD poses
A recent post on Intel's employee-only portal titled, "AMD competitive profile: Where we go toe-to-toe, why they are resurgent, which chips of ours beat theirs," has found its way to Reddit and offers a fascinating glimpse into how Intel perceives one of its largest competitors and the challenges it is posing to some of its divisions.
[...] Penned by Walden Kirsch as part of "the latest in a Circuit News series on Intel's major competitors," the piece notes how AMD was the best-performing stock on the S&P 500 last year and enjoyed its second straight year of greater than 20 percent annual revenue growth in 2018. One of the reasons for AMD's resurgence, Kirsch surmises, is its strategic re-focus on high-performance products in the desktop, datacenter and server markets.
Specifically, Kirsch highlighted AMD's use of TSMC's 7nm manufacturing process, victories in public cloud offerings and its next-gen Zen-core products as factors that will "amplify the near-term competitive challenge from AMD."
[...] The company believes its 9th Gen Core processors will beat AMD's Ryzen-based products in lightly threaded productivity benchmarks as well as in gaming benchmarks. With regard to multi-threaded workloads, Intel said AMD's Matisse "is expected to lead."
Soon to be discontinued internal news series.
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(Score: 2) by bzipitidoo on Thursday June 27 2019, @09:52PM
That's if you're fool enough to pay full price. I always wait for a sale. Used to get my PCs from Woot, before Amazon bought them. When I felt I needed a new computer, I'd check every day, until the special of the day was a desktop system. Might take a month, but one would eventually be offered, and I might take it, or wait for the next system.
Also, I always try for the inflection point, the point at which the cost for more capacity, speed, and power starts rising steeply.
Peak Price of a new PC has come down amazingly over the decades. A middling PC system was $2000 in the late 1980s. Most I ever spent on a system was $3000 in 1990 for a nice new higher end 486 based system. Hit $1500 by the mid 1990s, $1200 by the late 1990s, and slid under $1000 in the early 2000s. By the late 2000s, $500 was enough to get a decent system that was a step or two above the bottom end. And today? Low end laptops can be had for under $200.