AMD and Nvidia are alternate for years at the top when it comes to graphics chips, but these two companies are not equal in the race with an untouchable Intel when it comes to processors. However, it is possible that in a few weeks it will be able to terminate the long silent suffering.
If we believe the information from the Internet, Intel should be worried because the strongest and most expensive versions of AMD processors Ryzen will be up to three times cheaper than Intel counterparts.
It is a Ryzen R7 series and marks 1700, 1700x and 1800x, with prices of $317, $382 and $490.
These AMD models should be launch at least in the first days of March.
When you look at the alleged performance, the weakest R7 version is really interesting - it is supposedly completely unlocked processor with eight cores and 16 threads, with 3,4GHz clock speed, declared on (for AMD very low) 65 TDP.
Analysts assume that AMD is trying to attack segment which now occupies Intel i7 6700K, and its price is lower by a few tens of dollars.
However, the most interesting is R7 1800x who is supposed to compete with Intel's beasts i7-6900k, but at a price more than twice lower than the staggering $1,050 - which is $490.
All this could mean that the series Ryzen R5 processor will be priced a lot more competitive than rivals and therefore a very serious blow for Intel and its dominant market share.
R5 should easily defeat i5 series and meets the requirements of most demanding users. It is divided into codes 1600 and 1500 (six cores and 12 threads) and weaker in 1400 and 1300 (four cores and eight threads).
The lowest segment will fill the R3 series (1200 and 1100 with 4 cores, 4 threads).
It is worth mentioning that it was announced that the processors will be manufactured in 14nm technology, but that still occupy 10 percent less area than Intel's, and that to carry twice as much cash from Intel counterparts.
Recall, the processor market in this decade was terribly boring, and most people who have Intel even from "old" Sandy Bridge generation (2011 years) is only concerned that it will be difficult to find a replacement with the appropriate socket if they cancel the motherboard.
Therefore Intel itself could afford to enjoy the laurels and without pressure ejects newer, colder and all efficient processors, while not risk and do not play the price.
Intel's technology is so advanced that today you can assemble very fast and usable office machine for a few hundred euros, by just adding the motherboard, SSD and processor (which "bears" and quite versatile GPU).
The indicator of dominance is the fact that now you can comfortably take an adventure and in the low-end segment, use once hated Celeron. Today it is a processor and more than serviceable for basic things, and has long been the choice for people without not much money.
For gaming machines (except for extreme configuration) is sufficient any i5, even those with the oldest label K, and I7 is reserved for enthusiasts with deep pockets and advanced users.
AMD wants that Rzyenom completely dismantle such an order, but these prices are announcing exciting few years.
However, the question remains - are regular users really need more powerful processors than those that were available to us today?