Tuesday, June 4, 2019

How AMD really took the fight to Intel at Computex 2019

Source: Pocket-lint

by Dan Grabham | 3 June 2019

 - It was a huge Computex for Intel and AMD this time around

A few years ago, AMD was in the wilderness. But the last couple of years has seen the PC chip world's second-biggest name experiencing something of a resurgence. And that's because of the great stuff it's doing, not because of misplaced nostalgia for the old days of the PC clockspeed wars.

It can't be said that Intel is doing well at the moment. Not only was there the damaging fiasco of its latest attempt to get a foothold in the mobile space with a now-dumped 5G modem, but its 10th generation Core chips were originally expected in 2015 (yes, really). They've just been announced at Computex 2019.

Intel is also only just moving process tech from 14nm to 10nm - well, it did manage to squeeze out a few 10nm Core i3 chips last year (that was Cannon Lake, in case you're interested in codenames).

Intel's 'Honeycomb Glacier' concept is a dual-screen laptop concept

AMD, on the other hand, has been able to move to the even more efficient 7nm and also revealed its latest Ryzen processors at Computex. The process comparison isn't strictly comparable between the two manufacturers, but it does provide a fascinating dimension to the ongoing battle.

At Computex AMD announced a raft of updates including its new Zen 2 core (that will also power the Sony PlayStation 5) and new 12 core, 24 thread high-end desktop processors to take the fight to Intel's Core i7 and i9.

And, if that wasn't enough, AMD then took the wraps off its next-gen RX 5700 graphics cards based on the 7nm Navi GPU architecture (coincidentally, we're expecting to hear a GeForce announcement from Nvidia seemingly branded 'Super' at E3 imminently).

AMD CEO Lisa Su's COMPUTEX 2019 Keynote

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