What’s up with this two?
What makes this a story to cover is that something like this hasn’t been happening for at least a decade. It doesn’t even have to be related to a certain company, but at a point in a very big change in market where some companies make profit and technological advancements in.
The Central Processing Unit is one of the most important inventions of the human mind, one that accelerated our capability of doing things that previously seemed like magic.
Over the years, CPU advancements have been primarily focused on design (Architecture) and design scale (7 nanometers 2016) which brings about the notion of Instructions Per Clock.
Despite popular lack of information regarding CPUs, how they function to understand what exactly they pay for, the technology companies like AMD and Intel have been battling for better Instructions Per Clock with respect to thermal footprint for years. This exact ratio between IPCs and thermals have kept Intel as a leader in the market, mostly because their CPUs are fast and energy efficient.
Companies that participate the most in the lives of home, business and professionals computer users are AMD and Intel, two companies that represent the high and the low, the red and the blue, the big and the small, and so on… but still part of the same market which is the design of chips.
But even Intel is reaching a technological tipping point, the fact that technologies like hardware virtualization and hardware scalability are becoming a norm, new ways of reaching lower energy consumption while increasing the computational power are needed.
Present and future
Intel’s current grasp on the computer market keeps it a leader over AMD in Server Hardware, Laptop PCs, Office PCs, Workstation PCs, even Supercomputers, but the grasp seems to be loosening because AMD are again, after more than a decade showing then can build products that do at least the same amount of work for a lot less money.
With AMD’s new architectural advancements like SMT (Simultaneous multithreading – a technology similar to Intel’s Hyper-Threading) and XFR (Extended Frequency Range) – a new technology that allows more automatic over overclocking based on the cooling capabilities of the system.
The bottom line
In the comparison above, AMD’s new CPU beats its rival, with less power, and double the cores. Sowing a score in Cinebench R15 Multi-Threading test 1410, 46% better than its rival, the Intel i7 7700K. Although, as of Feb the 23rd Intel had dropped its prices, taking the i7 7700K down 15% of its retail price.
Ryzen CPUs seem to be shaking Intel’s grasp even on high-end market, the recent price drop from Intel shows they are starting to react to the changes. But it looks like the Ryzen 7 1700’s performance will attack even Intel’s high-end market, a market mostly comprised of computer enthusiasts and professionals.
As the new line of AMD Ryzen CPUs coming up in the 2nd of March, the company has clearly created big hype regarding what’s to come in the computer industry.
In the end, the future looks very bright for computer users and the whole computer industry itself.
As we slowly head towards the CPU architecture scale limits, we are also finding new ways of design efficiency and scalability, right now AMD seem to be saying that it is OK to have more than 4 CPU cores, it is normal, even money-wise…