AMD has been proving to be the popular choice with gaming enthusiasts and tech fans. That is the chief reason for Intel to be concerned. These groups are the noisiest bunch on the internet, and since AMD is getting a lot of positive feedback from them, they could easily sway a lot of people to switch over to team red.
How is Intel losing to AMD? Well, it’s all thanks to AMD’s new 7nm-based Ryzen CPUs that have been on the market for some time now. It shows that market share numbers have been going in AMD’s favor largely because of their reasonable prices and great performances. And since Intel kept delaying their 7nm CPUs for a long time, AMD is going to have the upper hand now.
AMD seems to have convinced other manufacturers to make devices based on their processors — even the new Xbox Series X/S and PS5 will have Ryzen CPUs. If that doesn’t show you how much AMD is dominating Intel, nothing will.
We will have to wait a bit to see Intel’s proper response, however. Their 10nm+ Tiger Lake chips have just arrived. They promise double-digit improvements in performance over the previous gen. Benchmarks also seem promising, but we will still have to wait and see people’s responses to them. But, we’re sure that AMD will give them a hell of a fight with their upcoming CPUs.
AMD Is Beating Intel
In the past few years, AMD has made great strides in terms of performance improvements while still keeping their prices as low as possible. It was Intel’s mistake that they underestimated AMD. That allowed team red to sneak up and wreak havoc on Intel’s market with their low prices and great performances.
That happened mainly due to Intel’s smugness and their disbelief that AMD would prove to be such a competitor. For anyone interested in building PCs and, in general, the whole industry, that was great news. A healthy competition between companies is always a good thing for their customers. Mainly because that prevents the monopoly, and it pushes both AMD and Intel to make greater advances with their tech.
So how is AMD beating Intel? The company offers plenty of advantages in terms of full overclockability on the majority of their models. And let’s not forget the software that offers users the innovative auto-overclocking, Precision Boost Overdrive. AMD customers also have the advantage of motherboard compatibility with the AM4 CPU socket, which supports most of their older and newer chips. That means you don’t have to worry about upgrading your motherboard every time you get a new CPU.
AMD’s grand de coup is that they usually offer either more cores or threads and faster PCIe 4.0 connectivity at almost every single price point, from low-end to high-end rigs.
How Can Intel Regain Control?
For starters, if Intel wants to attract people from the red side, they would first have to match AMDs prices. AMD’s bang-for-a-buck deal is currently unmatchable, and that’s often the deciding factor for most people. And not to mention how AMD has the upper hand in performance with their innovative multi-core structure that helps with better multitasking with programs and games that can support it.
So the main question is, how can Intel regain control? Well, with better and more innovative solutions, of course. While AMD has more cores and threads, Intel is working on their single-core speeds, where they are improving their transistor performance with new technology for their existing 10nm node.
Intel made numerous developments with their silicon structures that promise to deliver better power and performance improvements that are almost comparable to their 7nm node. Intel is calling this feature “SuperFin.” The SuperFin technology comprises an upgraded FinFET transistor with improved drive current and channel mobility. Also, it boasts an enhanced metalization stack with a SuperMIM capacitor and lower resistance routing. SuperFin enables processors to utilize lower power usage and higher clock speed with a wider dynamic range.
However, none of that matters if the software and applications can’t utilize the full advantage of these advancements.
Luckily for Intel, they still have their per-core performance and their high-end processors such as Intel Core i9-10900k, which is still a winner over AMD Ryzen 9 3900x. But not even that will last forever now that Ryzen has announced their new gen of processors Ryzen 5000 series with Zen 3 architecture.
We’re still waiting on Intel’s 7nm node that was first announced in 2018 and later delayed until 2022, which might be their way back into the game and might help them win over some of AMD’s newfound fans.
Which Way Would You Go?
When you finally decide what to buy, you should keep in mind that you are not only buying a CPU. You have to buy an appropriate motherboard that supports that chipset too. Once you buy the motherboard, if you were to change your mind and switch from team blue to team red or vice-versa, you would have to switch both CPU and MOBO. It’s the same deal if you decide to get a prebuilt PC. If you choose one company’s platform, you will have to stick to them until you decide to switch out the MOBO. But the question is — what should you get? Should you buy Intel or AMD?
That decision usually comes down to the cost difference. Intel tends to have higher prices for the components on the same level of performance. So, if you are buying separate components or prebuilt PCs, you might be able to save up around $100 or even more.
AMD tends to rule the budget part of the processor and GPU market. Processors such as Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300x dominate here. These multi-core beasts can be found for as low as $100. Now for some, that may not be a big deal. For someone building their PC on a budget, however, it is a huge difference. With the money saved up on the CPU, you can dedicate it to buying or upgrading some other components.
Intel did try to compete with AMD by lowering prices on their mid and high-end CPUs. However, we’d still recommend AMD even for high-end builds. In conclusion, if it comes down to price, then AMD is the way to go. Otherwise, you can go with Intel. Both company’s offer great deals, and most processors’ currency available can properly handle most tasks.