2019 - the year when Intel stopped
Looking into the future is a risky talent, but today in the market of microprocessors there is a situation which, perhaps, unfolds for the first time since 1978. Intel Corp., which ran the semiconductor technology production ball, for the first time in 40 years, loses its grip, giving way to the leader of the notorious TSMC company, which has long established itself as a partner and manufacturer of NVidia graphics chips, and next year, AMD.
Back in the nowadays, in 201? Intel planned to make another step forward in the conquest of the boundaries of the technological process, introducing the first model based on 10-nm technology - but due to technical problems, the transition to a new, revolutionary technological process was postponed. First for a year, then for two, and then for an indefinite period. However, the first steps to the long-awaited transition to 10-nm Intel still did, presenting to the public ultra-economical processors for thin laptops.
But while Intel was tagging in place with the troubled "ten", AMD managed to create the impossible. With the release of a new generation of Ryzen processors in 201? the Red team managed not only to interest ordinary users and enthusiasts, but also to create a universal platform for impudent experiments, thanks to which the professional desktop solutions of the Threadripper family were seen, and the server family of EPYC processors, all representations about the possibilities of the red giant, who long ago left this segment of the market.
In just 2 years, AMD managed to work on the bugs, and to present a new, improved version of the previous architecture, surprising and pleased fans - Ryzen 2 took into account almost all the flaws of its predecessor, Threadripper of the second generation promises 32 (!) Cores where even 16 wondered, and EPYC is about to break into a lot of enterprise-class companies, pushing the absolute king of the server segment. To such a blue were completely not ready
This was evidenced literally by everything - from the attempt to discredit the EPYC statement about the "cores glued together" in the advertising brochure Xeon, to the summer Hochma at Computex, where before the eyes of thousands of viewers, Intel introduced the "first 28-core processor running at 5 GHz out of the box." The presentation, despite the short-term wow effect, suffered a crushing fiasco (when everyone learned WHAT equipment was used in Intel to achieve results in Cinebench).
The Hailea HC cooler, as well as a 1600W power supply, used by Intel at Computex-2018 to achieve a score of 7334 points in Cinebench.
Of course, this was a kind of response to the second-generation AMD Threadripper, in which the reds announced 32 cores in new processors, but if the AMD product worked successfully and even had the option of air cooling (!), Then in the case of the product Intel turned out to be quite the opposite.
But the blue giant is not going to give up without a fight - therefore, against the background of numerous alarm bells, Intel decided to make a big bet on the future generation. The nine thousandth series of processors is rumored to be an uncompromising step forward in the struggle for the love of the mass audience - not only is the solder return (forgotten by the blue ones after Sandy Bridge's release) expected, but also the total number of cores and threads, which means the appearance of a 8/16 configuration on replacement of the current i???k. There are a lot of questions raised - for example, what will happen with the heatpacket of the processor, if a six-core flagship is experiencing a number of problems with thermo-regulation at 5 GHz, even with the use of expensive water cooling. Or the notorious rise in value that Intel has sinned for many years in a row - hardly a flagship processor for $ 400 will be a seductive offer against a competitor.
And it's not about Ryzen ? which feels great against the backdrop of muscular Coffee Lake, but about its heir, which will be born on the new architecture of Zen 2. AMD has long decided to take a big step forward, leaving behind the ill-fated 10 nm - and thanks to the success of the semiconductor giants Global Foundries and TSMC, the transition to 7 nm became possible now. The lucky owners of EPYC will be the first to appreciate the wonders of the new technological process - the server processors will be the first (along with VEGA professional accelerators) to receive new audits, and will demonstrate the unconditional advantages of a more perfect technological process. But already next year, next year, the third generation Ryzen is expected to follow, which is not only a beautiful figure, but also a lot of improvements and innovations - from the long-awaited growth of the IPC to the impeccable energy efficiency.
Talk about the major shifts on the latest front can be done now - in economical versions of its most popular models, the 2700 and 2600 AMD demonstrates the possibility of drastically reducing consumption up to 45 W, which surprises even savvy enthusiasts. It is possible that with the release of the 7-nm line, the processors' economy will reach a new level - first of all, the owners of portable devices, where Ryzen will show the class today, will appreciate the benefits of the transition.
What are the expectations of AMD fans from the third Ryzen? Of course, the long-awaited victory in the battle for first place in the gaming market - given the breakthrough tendencies and the confidence of the Reds, this is quite possible, because Intel has not resolved the complexity with 10 nm. It is expected that the nine thousandth series of Intel processors will remain on the same technical process, and will become the next "work file" with the addition of a number of cores - in this case, Ryzen 3 will have a significant advantage, because no one says that the 8/16 configuration will remain unchanged in the new performance - Given the serious reduction in crystal size, we can expect 12-core, and even 16-core configurations (although in 10 and 12 cores, users believe much more willingly than in the same 16 - time will tell).
Be that as it may, a new round of processor wars is already on the way - we are expected not only by hot solutions from Intel, but also by bold applicants for new records and applause from the public from AMD. We are waiting for the next, 2019 - it will be interesting!
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The author of the text is Alexander Lis.
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