Big selling point for Advanced Micro Devices” (NASDAQ: AMD) The Ryzen line of PC CPUs the company launched in 2017 had multiple cores at a price that wasn’t too high. These chips do a great job at getting the most out of a lot of cores. The problem for AMD is that playing PC games in general is not one of those tasks.
AMD’s first three generations of Ryzen processors offer attractive value for certain types of users, but rivals. Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) still leads in single-thread performance. Modern PC games can use multiple cores at varying degrees, but the performance of one core is often more important than the number of cores to the overall performance.
With the Ryzen 5000 series, AMD̵7;s fourth generation of Ryzen desktop CPUs, the company has finally eliminated an advantage Intel kept throughout the Ryzen era. The new Ryzen chips not only continue to perform well in heavy multithreading tasks, but also surpass Intel in gaming performance. That was unthinkable just a few years ago.
New CPU king
An in-depth review by the AnandTech website of AMD’s new Ryzen chips says: “It’s hard to believe how some of AMD’s performance numbers have evolved over the past five years.
AnandTech confirms that AMD’s claim for single-threaded performance is correct. AMD has said that the Zen 3 architecture on which the new Ryzen chips are built will deliver a 19% increase in command per cycle, or IPC, over the previous generation.
Single-threaded performance is a combination of the number of instructions a CPU core can process per cycle and the number of cycles the CPU core can run through per second. AnandTech sees an average 24% single-thread performance increase for new chips, with faster frequencies combined with an impressive increase in IPC.
That single-threaded performance translates directly into gaming performance. AnandTech has been testing a large set of games, noticing that new AMD processors are often at the forefront. In some cases, the $ 299 Ryzen 5 5600X also beats the much more expensive i9-10900K from Intel.
Tom’s Hardware summarizes the problem for Intel in their own review of the higher-end Ryzen 5000 chip: “Right now, there’s no reason to recommend an upper-end Intel Comet Lake processor unless you need graphics. integrated, so we’ll wait until Intel cuts the price to reflect the fact that it’s currently the budget alternative. “
Intel will try to fight back next year
Intel is planning to launch a new Rocket Lake desktop chip early next year to compete with AMD’s now dominant Ryzen chips. These new chips will bring Intel closer to AMD in terms of performance, but it may not be enough for Intel to reclaim the lead.
Rocket Lake chips will have only eight cores max, while AMD’s $ 799 Ryzen 5950X has 16 cores. Rocket Lake will also be built on Intel’s 14nm manufacturing process, which at this point is very mature and heavily optimized, but the fact that it has been in use since 2014 due to Intel has struggled with its bulk production on its 10nm process. AMD uses the now mature 7nm manufacturing process Taiwan semiconductor production for its Ryzen 5000 chip.
With Intel losing the gaming crown to AMD, lower prices may be the only move the company has to take if it wants to reduce AMD’s market share before releasing better-performing CPUs. AMD has raised prices with its latest Ryzen chips, reflecting the fact that Ryzen is now the cream of the season. That gives Intel some room to play at its own price to better compete.
For the first time in a long time, Intel chips are not the best choice for PC gaming. The combination of good AMD products and poor Intel performance has dramatically changed the balance of power in the PC CPU market. That’s good news for gamers and AMD, and very bad news for Intel.