Intel takes drastic steps.
Starting with Coffee Lake, core counts increased. The i3 became four-cores while i5s offered six-cores, and so on.
Intel also cemented its overall performance dominance by adding another performance tier at the top-end, the premium i9 models – these were clocked high enough and offered enough cores and threads to keep even the fastest Ryzens at bay.
This gave Intel nominal performance superiority, even though you could probably count the number of Australian i9 buyers on one hand.
Intel has also been making noises about multi-chip designs: Foveros 3D stacking, which debuted with Ice Lake, allows them to deploy multi-chip modules with higher core counts, onboard memory and more. It’s Project Athena laptops are all about this.
AMD and Intel – the Chip war is good for customers
Competition is a great thing for customers. Intel no longer has a monopoly. It has to deploy its massive resources – an order of magnitude more than AMD – to deliver competitive products.
The years to come might not be the best for its shareholders, but customers will have no shortage of great CPU options.
GadgetGuy’s take – AMD and Intel – may the Core Wars continue
AMD and Intel are a little like the Qantas and Virgin air war – they fight over the 1% difference between 49 and 51% market share while mostly doing the same as each other.
Arjun has explained that while AMD and Intel do the same, e.g. x86 it is not the same under the surface. But does it matter?
Perhaps to gamers and high-performance computing but to Joe and Jane Average – no.
With the advent of Ryzen, notably Gen 3 (3, 5, and 7 series) and its low power U versions for laptops there is no stigma or downside in buying AMD for Windows-based PCs. But as my dad used to say, “It is easy to sell a cheaper product. It is much harder to sell a better one”. AMD cannot claim victory unless it is a better chip.
But Intel is serious in wanting to maintain its lead. Its 10th generation i3, i5 and i9 processors are spectacular and more affordable. You can read more here (skip to the end of this ITy Bytes article)