Originally Posted by Papadope
I don't think AMD will ever recover in the server space atleast in x86. Performance per watt is critical here and I don't see them ever catching Intel on that front. Like you said it will be niche, server apu's and arm based server chips from AMD. It's a niche now, only reason to get a AMD server is for virtualization do to pure core count. That's only going to get worse as intel ramps up core counts and lowers power consumption even further.
Only reason for them to even bother is high margins and some chips can be brought to desktop for consumers.
Kabini already was stronger than Intel's(1.2x in cpu and a lot in gpu) offerings and consumed about 1.8 times the power Beema will effectively halve the power usage under low load.
The power consumption will drop even further if they start delivering 14nm based ultra mobile procs in Q3 2014 (rumour)
They need an 8 way unified platform with excavator and excavator needs to match ivy bridge IPS then just put 10 modules per proc and it'll be golden (dublin would have had 10 steamroller modules so maybe 12 is doable by then)
Or go full IBM and make a 650mm^2 chip and just dump 20 modules on them
Originally Posted by os2wiz
Unless this came from AMD press release or website I give it little credence.If it should turn out to be true that there will be nothing other than 4 cores available AMD will be losing almost all of it's enthusiast base within the next 18 months.
well those things are subject to change anyways.
Jim Keller hinted at them not abandoning the true high end but I think they will abandon X86 only no HSA by 2016 for HSA should've gone on an arch level so that it can outsource even non optimized code and the proc can really shine under optimized code it would make sense.
I think as soon as Intel drops their 8 core chips for enthusiasts (stupid enthusiasts that dump 1K on a chip that can be destroyed by some xeons for way cheaper) that then AMD will drop their FX ExcavatorEdited by maarten12100 - 11/30/13 at 3:33pm