Originally Posted by Kuivamaa
Probably back in the day that they had a reliable Foundry to work with. GloFo constant failures almost cost them their existence.
Indeed. Honestly people on here really aren't grasping how big a difference having Samsung's factories are gonna make here. I mean, think of it this way. Zen + actually has a shot to release on their 10nm process. Even has a shot to beat Intel to the node.
Going back even two months ago, think about how absurd that statement would sound. Now, it's a possibility.
The other immediate positive is held in the answer to the question, "When was the last time they were on/ahead of schedule?"
The thing that I swear is making all the difference for them right now (which I've talked about ad nauseum in other threads) is that deal between Global Foundries/Samsung/IBM from way back in 2014 to share resources and technology.
This is what I bring up when people crap on the Samsung deal and the quality and suitability of it's node/process for handling x86. This isn't Samsung jumping into this with their cellphone 14nm.
They've been prepping to recieve these designs since 2014. I ain't nearly as worried about the quality or even overclockability because of that.Edited by yawa - 1/24/16 at 2:35pm