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AMD vs Intel: The Future of Computing

By Seth Houck

In late August, AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) presented its new series of Zen processors as being 40% faster than their previous CPUs (Central Processing Units).

But the question still remains: will it beat Intel in the processing power game?

Before I go deeper, a little backstory is necessary on AMD’s and Intel’s past. In 1968, Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andrew Grove founded Intel as the leading company in 86x processors. The year after, Jerry Sanders and seven other colleagues founded AMD which would become the lead competitor against Intel.

Intel has had a long history of creating innovative technology, such as making multiple advancements in their processor line with the Pentium, Core 2 Duo, and the i3/ i5/ i7 line of 64 bit processors. Intel made itself a household name by being the supplier of 85% of all prebuilt pc processors and being partners with Hewlett-Packard (hp), Lenovo, and dell. Intel has also made multiple advancements in the artificial intelligence area as being a main researcher in the field.

Though AMD’s processors are cheap and effective, the company shines in the graphics processors market where they provide inexpensive and efficient gaming experiences compared to their counterpart, NVidia, which is more expensive but designed more for enthusiasts than the common consumer.

To answer my initial question: No, I don’t think they will beat Intel when it comes to processing power.

Here is why.

AMD chips are not designed to be expensive power houses that are for raw power and performance per core. AMD is meant for the average consumer that wants an okay CPU that meets their needs. That is why AMD is so successful and has been able to compete against Intel’s CPU line.

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