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Ihave never been so inundated with new CPU and GPU architectures in my life. AMD has thrown a hand grenade into both the CPU and GPU market with its Ryzen, Threadripper and now Radeon RX Vega. My god, I swear my hands have half become silicon thanks to the amount of benchmarking I’ve had to do in the last few months; it’s simply unheard of to see so many brand new architectures in such a short time.
And what a breath of fresh air it’s been. Now that AMD is taking on – and beating in many regards – Intel, we can expect to see new CPU designs from the big Blue way before expected. Its new 8th Gen Core CPU was initially only promising 15% better IPC per core – now they’re claiming 30%. See what a little competition can do? On the other hand, while the new Radeon mightn’t be quite as amazing as anticipated, it’s still lit a fire under Nvidia’s buttocks, so we can expect their response sooner than past roadmaps have suggested.
And the winner in all of this is you – with real competition comes cheaper prices, better performance and new features. I’m very keen to start taking a deeper look at DX12 in the near future, as all of these new products rely heavily upon its features, such as multi-core support. Until then though, be ready for the influx of new products to continue. Meanwhile, over my testbench, hovering I’ll be…
Bennett Ring Tech Editor