Originally Posted by imran27
4770k is an no-doubt awesome processor esp. for compression/encryption. It is almost as good as 20% better at compression/encryption as compared to Vishera (8350).
As of now AMD is just about at the edge of being drawn out of the competition due to it's top-end offerings being aged now. One more iteration of enhancements from Intel and we may not see AMD in the competition, they seriously need to come up with new and better arch and a new and enhanced platform (socket and chipset) to stay competitive.
The 9590 is actually pretty competitive to the 4770K, but unfortunately it costs a bit more and consumes almost triple the watts, I bet they'll get everything going well in a generation or two.
AMD actually offers a better value than Intel for the mid-high price at around $150-$200, but only if
the job scales well with multiple cores. That right there is competitive enough. Not enough to take the crown from Intel in other price ranges though. I do hope they make a serious upgrade to their CPUs for single-threaded performance, but with how they've been going lately it's either unlikely to happen or it's coming soon to surprise us all.
What'll probably happen instead is they'll beat Intel at making a 16-Core CPU, and it will probably beat the i5's in multi-threaded stuff even if the i5s become 8-cores.
Due to the fact that AMD also makes GPUs that out-perform NVIDIA's in a number of tasks, I don't see AMD going away any time soon.
They could probably keep everything going as it is now and still stay alive for a long while.