AMD’s top-of-the-line desktop CPU, the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, has won the CES 2018 Best of Innovation award in the Computer Hardware and Components category.
In what has been one of the most exciting years in the CPU industry to date, AMD has seen a resurgence this year with regard to long-time dominant industry figure Intel with their release of the highly acclaimed Ryzen line of processors. At under USD500 for 8 cores and 16 threads, AMD disrupted the CPU market when it released the mainstream Ryzen 7 CPUs back in March. With impressive benchmarks and performance in multi-threaded workloads, AMD brought to the market a powerful processor that was also great value for money.
AMD followed this up in August with the release of its high-end enthusiast line of CPUs, the Ryzen Threadripper. At 16 cores and 32 threads for USD999, the Threadripper 1950X went head-to-head with Intel’s i9 chips, performing extremely well in multi-threaded workloads, though its performance in single-threaded workloads are not yet as competitive. However, this was enough to send AMD’s stock price soaring to 10-year highs not seen since 2007, back when AMD’s Athlon line was one of the best processors in the market.
The resurgence of AMD has pushed Intel to further improve its latest line of processors, increasing the core count from 4 to 6 in the mainstream desktop i7, and from 2 to 4 in the low powered mobile i5 and i7 chips.
With die shrinks expected next year in Intel’s Cannon Lake and AMD’s Zen 2 architectures, it remains to be seen if the next generation of CPUs would further close the performance gap between Intel and AMD. A more competitive market would bring loads of benefits to consumers and computer enthusiasts, hopefully driving prices down further and fuelling innovation in a market which has not seen much leaps in performance in the past decade.
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