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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

AMD VS Intel: Which Chipmaker Does Processors Better?

Price and power go head to head


Now that both Coffee Lake and AMD Ryzen have been out for the while, the hype has finally died down a bit – it’s time to dive into that perennial deathmatch: AMD vs Intel.

AMD released its Ryzen processors about a year ago now, and as the AMD Ryzen 2nd Generation CPUs get ready for their likely release on April 19, Intel and AMD are battling it out for CPU supremacy. But, in the perennial battle of AMD vs Intel is there a clear winner? Well, let’s find out.

Essentially serving as the brain of your PC, the best processors are behind everything your PC does, from simple, basic tasks like launching a web browser or turning your PC on, to more complex and intense tasks like rendering video or playing games. This is why you need to make sure you can actually trust your CPU manufacturer to actually cater to your own specific needs. You don’t want to pay for features you don’t actually need, just as you don’t want a CPU that can’t perform like you need it to.

If you’ve been following this fervent war between AMD and Intel as closely as we have over the years, you likely already know that AMD and Intel focus their efforts on entirely different sectors of the CPU market. Intel focuses on higher clock speeds and hyper-threading while keeping core counts low. However, AMD flips it around by focusing on having as many CPU cores as possible while maintaining more modest clock speeds.

It shouldn’t surprise you then, that AMD had a great year in 2017 with its Ryzen processors, particularly with the high-end Threadripper CPUs that have been especially popular with gamers. And, it doesn’t look like AMD is going to be slowing down any time soon as we’re starting to see leaks show up for their anticipated Ryzen 2nd Generation CPUs – they even plan to support Threadripper until at least 2020.

Even in the shadow of the devastating Meltdown and Spectre exploits in Intel’s CPUs, Intel is still enjoying huge growth in every category outside of desktop processors – which just goes to show how much of an impact AMD Ryzen CPUs have had on the market.

Intel has recently announced a bevy of new CPUs, including the long-awaited H-series Coffee Lake chips for laptops, along with a line of low-power T-series desktop processors.

Luckily, Intel has released fixes for its CPUs affected by the infamous Spectre and Meltdown exploits, from Broadwell to Coffee Lake, with only Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge still awaiting fixes.

Unfortunately, AMD now has its own exploits to deal with, as Israeli security firm CTS labs has released a white paper to the press detailing vulnerabilities in AMD’s current CPUs. However, AMD has followed this up by promising that it will fix these issues as soon as possible.

However, it isn’t out of the realm of possibilities to say that AMD and Intel can coexist while catering to wholly different audiences, with some room for direct competition in the middle. But, if you’re not quite sure where your loyalties lie just yet, continue to the next slide for a constantly updated look at the AMD vs Intel battle.


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