In any case, I kinda like where AMD is at for desktop (for laptops, I've been buying intel for cooler, quieter, longer lived offerings), offering a huge value proposition, especially with their APUs. But from what I've read, even old Intel CPUs wipe the floor with AMD, which would certainly explain why I got heart palpitations when I briefly checked prices on an Intel build before my last upgrade. I'd still be saving for a processor if I'd gone that route, to say nothing of a motherboard and RAM.
I have two competing thoughts about Zen. The first is that AMD needs to gain ground on the high end in order to continue to survive in the budget realm. I think that's true because companies use their higher end lines to subsidize budget lines all the time. I feel AMD may be robbing Peter to pay Paul to keep their budget line as affordable as it is now.
My second thought is that if Zen really can compete with intel at the high end, it may not gear down well enough to sell at current APU pricing (even the newest stuff that hasn't been marked down yet). Not that AMD would end their budget line, but that it might be populated with stale updates of existing tech rather than seeing a serious leap forward. And unless that budget line gets priced even lower, AMD's value proposition would erode as the number of bangs per buck diminishes compared to higher end lines.
What do you guys think? Can AMD win with Zen and still take care of their loyal cheapskate following?
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If you're in the mood for some light reading, here's a ten part series from yesterday on AMD's position and upcoming moves from a market perspective. It covers everything from VR to HBM2 to Polaris to of course, Zen.
Just a little light xD
Your building a new PC already after your ballin ass PC is still in use?! xD Pointless! lol
It had a 980 and a skylake processor xD It can keep up xD
mine has a r7 370 and an fx 6300 and it works just fine
Benchmark screen shots at link above.
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