Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Oct 2017 16:32 UTC
AMD

AMD's Ryzen and Threadripper processors re-established AMD's chips as competitive with Intel's. While the AMD parts gave up a bit of performance to their Intel rivals, especially in single-threaded tasks - a result of the combination of slightly lower clock speeds and slightly inferior instructions-per-cycle (IPC) - they shine in multithreaded tasks, with AMD often offering many more cores and threads than Intel for the same or less money.

In the mainstream desktop space, Intel's Coffee Lake chips have reasserted that company's dominance; Skylake-X does the same in the high-end desktop space, too, albeit at a high price.

But things are looking like they're going to be different in the mobile space. That's because the two new chips, the Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U, show signs of being faster in both processor and graphics tasks than Intel's latest comparable chips.

These chips also bode well for supposed upcoming AMD APUs, which I'm looking forward to as a way to build a relatively cheap but still powerful secondary machine.

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avgalen
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2010-09-23

Intel has hardly improved performance the last 5 years on mobile chips. So it would make sense that this would be easy for AMD to catch up and surpass Intel in 1 swoop.
It also seems logical that the GPU part from AMD would be superior to what Intel has to offer. (Radeon vs Iris backgrounds)
What Intel has done well the last few years is reducing power usage. This has historically been a weak point for AMD. Has AMD caught up here as well? Because honestly my laptop CPU and GPU have been fast enough for almost all my daily work for many years now but I would like me some longer unplugged usage

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tecepeipe Member since:
2005-07-07

"AMD claims that 15W Ryzen 7 2700U APU outperforms 91W Intel Core i5-7600K Kaby Lake desktop CPU"
Nowadays temperature and power are not an issue for AMD anymore. I mean... it's the same TDP as their counterpart, not a weakness anymore.

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avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

We will have to wait and see the test results. I am looking forward to having more choice and improvements again.

Compared to its previous mobile processors, AMD says that these new chips pack up to three time the CPU performance, 2.3 times the GPU performance, and consume up to 58 percent less power.
Source: https://www.windowscentral.com/amds-new-ryzen-notebook-chips-pack-ra...

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

with Ryzen, AMD caught up significantly in terms of power/performance with intel, at least in the desktop arena. The intel parts were the ones running hotter, using more power in a funny twist of fate.

Their GPUs still have horrible power consumption profiles on the desktop, compared to NVIDIA. Which is a shame.

Intel is having a very hard time this generation, their fab leadership is not longer there, so competitors are starting to have access to competitive processes. They may not be as dominant player in the near future since they have a 2 front war with competitive adversaries, fab and architecture, for the first time in a looooong time.

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Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

Kaby Lake is Crappy Lake, it is oddly inefficient and hot. Intel really dropped the ball on this generation, so there is a tiny gap of opportunity before Intel takes back the efficiency crown

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