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Intel Struggling against AMD in 2019

by Samee

Intel’s having difficulties for mass production of 10 nanometer(10nm) chips

For a long time Intel was in top position on high-performance CPU market and AMD was forced into a strategy of competing on Raw price to performance. AMD struggled to compete with its various FX chips as these chips were not even come close to the performance of Intel’s offering. Since there was no competition for Intel , they started to charge whatever price they wanted for their higher end product.But that all changed when AMD introduced the zen architecture and launched the 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 and 6-core, 12-thread Ryzen 5 CPUs on the market.

Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 lineup

AMD having spent so many years operating on lower margins took a fundamentally different approach to their CPU design that worked really well. And yes, these chips were bit behind Intel in some performance metrics notably gaming but AMD finally manage to close the gap specially in multithreading works. AMD make a choice for a extensible design that could be scaled up and down more easily and then for their higher end products they even used multiple smaller chiplets to decrease manufacturing waste this along with aggressively low pricing started to eat into Intel’s dominance. From late 2017 to late 2018 AMD’s market share increased by 3.8 percent on desktop, 3.4 percent in servers and 5.2 percent in notebooks.

Why Intel is struggling against AMD?

For the first time in a decade, Intel began increasing the core count of its mainstream CPUs. These 8th and 9th Generation chips are ahead in gaming performance and in productive area they are little bit ahead or head to head with AMD Ryzen processor. Intel also launched a new top-tier core i9 processor which lies above the core i7 lineup. This core i9 chip feature the highest 8 core and 16 thread in consumer platform and beat AMD Ryzen in almost every records at much higher price tag.

So why Intel is struggling against AMD. Well its look like Intel is having difficulties to transitioning to their 10 nanometer(10 nm) manufacturing process. According to their original road-map 10 nanometer(10 nm) chips should have been finished around 2018 but they have only few 10 nanometer(10 nm) chips on the market. While AMD hasn’t had much issue getting their transistors down to size and already announce a 7 nanometer(7nm) zen 2 based processor.

Another reason is that for quit some time Intel’s transistor density has been found higher than that of AMD as numbers like 14 nanometer(14nm) and 10 nanometer(10 nm) are actually just estimations so, a 10 nanometer(10 nm) Intel chip might actually have a density close to 8 nanometer. This leads to further shrinkage’s of transistors even more challenging. Intel has been devoting resources to figuring out the 10 nanometer problem which lead to the ongoing shortage of Intel CPUs particularly at the lower end.

AMD Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs Announcement

With a announcement of AMD Ryzen 3000 series processor we were able to witness some major improvement over last generation. Whats interesting is AMD claim that Ryzen 3000 series to be 2-20% faster than its competitor.

According to AMD they have managed to increase instructions per cycle (IPC) by 15% over the last generation along with double the cache size and floating point. For more information read our other article about Ryzen 3000 series CPUs.

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