And the win­ner is...

APC Australia - - Technotes -

In the short to medium term, x86 re­mains the ob­vi­ous pick for per­for­mance com­put­ing, while ARM is the easy mo­bil­ity op­tion. The fur­ther out you look, how­ever, the less cer­tain those as­sump­tions seem. On the one hand, thanks to AMD’s re­cent re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion with the new Ryzen pro­ces­sor range, the x86 land­scape sud­denly looks lively once more. In­deed, as we go to print, In­tel has re­vealed an ex­pan­sive range of ad­di­tional Core i9 chips, with up to 18 CPU cores and 36 threads. That’s a lit­tle bit crazy and a whole lot ex­cit­ing. On the other, you could ar­gue that it’s a blip that goes against the gen­eral trend for more in­no­va­tion and growth in the ARM mar­ket. What’s more, thanks to ARM’s more open ap­proach to li­cens­ing, there are far more com­pa­nies cre­at­ing ARM-based CPUs and SoCs than the mere pair­ing of In­tel and AMD on the x86 side of the equa­tion. In the very long run, then, the in­evitable en­croach­ment of ARM on tra­di­tional x86 ter­ri­tory seems ir­re­sistible. But for fans of high-per­for­mance per­sonal com­put­ing, x86 will be the ar­chi­tec­ture of choice for a very long time to come.

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