Originally Posted by Durquavian
Keep in mind ICC is what keeps Intel on top more than any other factor.
No it isn't.... Not even close.
What keeps intel on top are 1) technology advantage, 2) good management, and 3) money/workforce advantage
Also funnily enough some compiler in some piece of software making a difference in this day and age really isn't that important for the big profits. What matters for the mainstream is cramming acceptable performance in to the smallest power envelope as possible. And what matters for the enterprise/server/datacenter crowd is efficiency along with high performance. These are both areas where AMD isn't competing well not because of some stupid compiler, but because intel just has the money and R&D power to research these things, try out different power saving methods, use smaller nodes, make and tweak their very own fabs etc.
That's where the real money is at the moment. Not in the difference between an i5 and an 8350 being 10% or -10%.
Originally Posted by maarten12100
Seems nice too bad that Intel can only power gate and die shrink as the arch in terms of cpu needs to have a fresh base (P3 isn't yielding much anymore)
I'm not sure there's much proof of this as their goal for the past few years hasn't been to increase performance at a steady power consumption level (per core) but to decrease power consumption as much as possible (per core). And they've succeeded in that.