Is Intel Still in the Game? Or Has AMD Won? — TechVirtuosity

AMD is a True Competitor

With so many processors releasing lately, it’s hard to deny that AMD is causing waves! But with all of that competitiveness, many are asking the question if or is Intel still in the game? Have they lost or have they given up?

As much as it’s great that AMD fans are finally receiving products that are competitive, Intel has also been battling it out.

AMD Pushes for More Cores

Part of the reason why AMD has seen a drastic change in their recent success, can be due to their high core counts. They don’t necessarily hit high speeds but their high amount of cores mean they are excellent at rendering and being used on work stations.

It’s also amazing that lately AMD is beating Intel in core counts and productivity, thanks to their new 64 core CPU. The amount of cores that AMD is throwing into their CPUs is a great thing but not for everyone. In general, many people assume that more cores will always equal better performance but that’s not always true. And this brings us to the main question.

Is Intel Still in the Game?

We see amazing accomplishments by AMD and yet Intel is still beating them in some performance comparisons. This is because Intel has continued to work out ways that push for faster speeds. This means that if an AMD CPU can only reach 4.4GHz, then Intel’s 5GHz can outperform it. But this only applies in circumstances that heavily rely on single core performance.

Intel is able to remain competitive because of their large fan base, business partnerships and single core performance. However, they’re also continually pushing more cores to compete with AMD. Intel is also still pushing for more partnerships revolving around graphics and self-driving cars.

Overall, they are still a force to be reckoned with. AMD simply caught them off guard.

AMD Successfully Surprised Intel

The reason Intel fell behind in the first place was in part due to a lack of motivation. AMD had failed for years to compete and release something that was even close to Intel’s offerings. But that all changed with Ryzen, their first true comeback and it caught Intel off-guard. Then before Intel had the proper time to react, AMD released Ryzen gen 2.

All of these things combined with AMD’s new partnerships also shifted the power. They had produced processors for Microsoft and Sony. Even now Microsoft is going to be using AMD’s Zen 2 for their new Xbox system.

The Pecking Order of Hardware Competitors

As both companies continue to compete with each other they also start to establish dominance in one area or the other. It’s unlikely at this point that AMD will simply cease to exist as a competitor! In many ways it’s a great thing that both companies are forcing each other to up their game, unlike with NVIDIA

AMD failed to push NVIDIA into the reacting mode that Intel is currently experiencing. Even the latest graphics card news isn’t looking great for AMD but that’s not where their main success comes from. By focusing on servers, high core counts and very competitively priced CPUs, AMD beats Intel.

With that being said, it’s not as simple as it once was. Intel may not be the cheapest option but they still carry a lot of single core performance and devoted fans.

Where Intel Failed

Most people would agree that Intel easily beat AMD in performance not too long ago. It wasn’t just a matter of opinion, it was a fact back then. However, Intel got used to the lack of competition. Their release cycles showed small improvements and while fans welcomed anything they gave out, it didn’t innovate that much.

Intel showed that it was stuck in a slow cycle where it could charge more for products without much competition. Interestingly, that changed as soon as AMD released Ryzen. Even when this happened Intel still couldn’t react immediately, allowing AMD to get a stronger foothold.

Competition Helps Consumers

Because AMD and Intel are continually pushing each other back and forth, we, the consumers are enjoying the benefits. Even if you were always a fan of Intel you now have a broader range of products to choose from. From this ordeal we also gained a more superior bracket of processors. Intel calls theirs the i9 and AMD has Ryzen 9.

Both new categories offer a premium performance previously unseen. Previously, after Intel’s best offerings came only their server processors. But now we have true workhorses made for the hardest of tasks. Developers and artists alike are benefiting.

After all of this it’s safe to assume that we don’t have to ask ourselves “is Intel still in the game?”, but rather what’s next?

Intel is Still in the Game

With innovations popping up everywhere from their new graphics options to their new embedded solutions, Intel is succeeding. Not only that but 2020 is bound to be a year of even more announcements as both companies continue to compete.

If anything, by now we have learned that Intel doesn’t sit by and instead chooses to fight back with their own innovations and products. Where AMD may not be as successful in certain areas, Intel does continue to stay ahead in gaming especially.

Not to say that AMD is failing, but Intel is still viewed as the king in performance but that may change soon! We’ll see.

Choosing to Support Intel and AMD

Being a fan to one or the other exclusively is perfectly fine! But a lot of people get competitive to the point of bashing one company over the other. In the end we are all benefiting by their successes and should be happy to see both companies going forward. This is great news!

Having AMD constantly releasing new products to compete, it’s forcing Intel to keep up their production speed and product releases. The leaps we’ve made in the last couple of years have easily surpassed what we accomplished previously.

What do you think? Do you use Intel or AMD products? Let us know below!

Originally published at on March 14, 2020.



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