Originally Posted by Artikbot
My head hurts so much.
APUs are the future in mainstream/portable/HTPC computing. I fail to see them as something bad.
Richland comes with a worst-case scenario 20% performance bump over Trinity. Kaveri comes with probably double that, as it renews CPU, GPU and IMC architecture.
AMD is improving their APUs at a far, far
larger rate than Intel can even come close to with their mainstream solutions.
What AMD will have to contend with is that Intel mainstream CPUs will continue to be much smaller in die size while packing a higher transistor count due Intel's 1-1.5 node edge in die shrink (246mm^2 & 1.3Billion for 5800K, 160 mm^2 & 1.4 Billion for 3770K, a chip that sells for almost 3X the price while taking 2/3 the silicon to produce), as long as the die shrink gap exist(it is also growing) AMD CPU products will consume more power for the same performance, while also cost more silicon to build which enlarges the profit margin gap(which influences the R&D budget gap).
AMD currently have the ATI graphic expertise and experience in driver development, however Intel might eventually close the gap in driver quality(just like AtI/AMD caught up to Nvidia in drivers) and their die shrink edge could be leveraged to overwhelm APUs with more & more efficient transistors.Edited by sherlock - 2/17/13 at 3:09pm