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.