Over the last decade, and partially as the result of a prior Intel CEO underfunding processor development while AMD remained focused, AMD has arguably passed Intel as the performance king in the segment. Ironically, given Intel’s dominance, they did this on both laptop and desktop systems. Intel is stepping up its game again, and we should see soon if its latest offering can close or even eliminate this performance gap. For now, though, AMD appears to be the performance king.
Let’s talk about AMD’s latest Zen 4 platform and its new AM5 platform which comes with a brand new, and far better, socket.
While Intel launched its 13th generation processor this week, Raptor Lake, none of us have test systems yet, so we can’t tell if they will be competitive with AMD’s latest. AMD’s latest Ryzen processors “blow the doors off” Intel’s current 12th generation with productivity apps, though gaming is, as always, a mixed bag. This last is because both AMD and Intel work closely with game developers to tune games for their latest processors, tuning that often causes the resulting benefits for the part that founded the tuning effort. I have to admit that many of the benchmarks are impressively favoring AMD at the moment, as well. This performance has been validated by several additional independent sources including Eurogamer, and, to a lesser extent, PC Gamer.
Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst at Enderle Group
As President and Principal Analyst of the Enderle Group, Rob provides regional and global companies with guidance in how to create credible dialogue with the market, target customer needs, create new business opportunities, anticipate technology changes, select vendors and products, and practice zero dollar marketing. For over 20 years Rob has worked for and with companies like Microsoft, HP, IBM, Dell, Toshiba, Gateway, Sony, USAA, Texas Instruments, AMD, Intel, Credit Suisse First Boston, ROLM, and Siemens.