Originally Posted by svenge
The same people who brought the world Bulldozer less than two years ago are going to be able to optimally extract CPU performance in the future? Really?
Hasn't the entire "MOAR CORES" credo been totally discredited over the last two years?
While Intel does do new designs, AMD did a completely new design. In 2 years, they took a design that couldn't beat their own K10 and got it up and running. Granted, one expected it to preform better [initially] but apparently issues were known. So they released something kind of messy, really messy. However it's gotten real interesting in the latter revisions where they have turned it into something pretty slick. On top of that, they took an architecture and created a CPU/APU variant of the same thing. That's pretty impressive.
More cores, or as "dumb people" like to say "moar cores", is actually happening now. We've started to see limits, people don't want to WC everything and that's expensive. HSA should be pushed, not only for it's gpgpu aspects but it's threading too. The console race is only going to expand on that. When that comes down too it, if games start using more than 2 threads and up to 8, you might see the AMD arch actually get some nice focus. Not to mention, developers will have a nice handle on it software wise in a while.
So yeah, AMD aims to gain more in the upcoming years even if they can't pump out "faster" items. If they can simply keep the current edge and Intel doesn't change anything, you'll see smaller spec'd hardware do equally well with higher end hardware. It's started to show in real scenarios, HT doesn't truely handle full thread workloads like a single core.
Now, granted AMD doesn't have "full" cores either. If they keep refining the resources properly, at least each core will have proper resources instead of splitting them up per core. Granted, Intel might just do the AMD technique and pump out more cores per chip. Turn HT off and just pump out some beastly chips. When that happens, we'll see some real interesting pricing going on. Though the server market seems to favor Intel still but AMD isn't their threat in that ARM is.