Originally Posted by Usario
It's all too much like the Q6600 vs the E8400.
And it comes with the same twist: most of the people who bought the Q6600 upgraded to the Core i7 before the E8400 became unusable.
Things are way, way different this time.
Next gen console CPUs are just like PCs, except there's basically "MOAR COARS". AMD is, quite honestly, humiliating Intel and Nvidia when it comes to gaming promotion/marketing right now.
The only real time we've had a very PC-like popular console was the first XBox, with that Celeron type CPU and basic Nvidia GPU. But the thing is that that wasn't pushing for anything different than what we had on PC at the time. One CPU core that's nothing special compared to PC, very similar GPU as PC. PS2 was out in left field doing some pretty different things at the time and they still were with PS3.
Now, we basically have AMD in the game, having basically an architecture that's weak in single thread and strong in multi, and games that are designed for strong(ish) single thread.
And they've just forced game developers to embrace 8 weak x86 cores by grabbing PS4 (and probably 720) CPUs.
To be honest, with AMD making these moves Intel is probably going to change their roadmap and release 6 core mainstream chips, because there's already times when 3570k (which is price equal to FX 8350) is losing by more than 10% (some Crysis 3 benchmarks).
If you slap an extra 15% on FX 8350 if games end up looking like C3, 4 core Haswell with no HT is going to get burried looking at the Tom's preview by same price 8 core Steamroller.
I think it definitely is possible Steamroller will surprise and beat Intel in gaming, and a lot of it's going to be because of the software.
But, as I said earlier, even if AMD is superior with hardware quality they're still going to not dominate the market. Intel will just add more cores for less money or something.
And as for Intel joining HSA, there's no way. Not after the Bapco fiasco would anyone in HSA want Intel to show up and have any sort of power over anything. That, and their iGPUs blow and even if Intel supported HSA/OpenCL/etc, there's no way they'd beat GCN in compute.