Core Truths From Intel: We Whine, Cause We Can’t Win

    A presentation named “Core Truths” was recently created by Intel to clarify the nuances of the newest CPU technologies. It appears from the presentation that AMD’s most recent series would have older architecture, which would be a major departure from Intel’s strategy. This reminds me of Intel’s combative EPYC glue marketing against AMD, which both firms have subsequently steered clear of to preserve goodwill with customers.

    Three main “truths” are revealed in the presentation. The first one notes that the Zen2 architecture serves as the foundation for the AMD Ryzen 5 7520U mobile processor. Before releasing the new Zen4 mobile portfolio, AMD changed the terminology for the Ryzen 7000 series. This strategy entailed incorporating multiple microarchitectures into a novel product stack. The ‘7’ in this scheme stood for items released in 2023, making room for the upcoming ‘8xxx’ to stand for processors expected to ship in 2024. The architecture was identified by its third digit: ‘2’ for Zen2, ‘3’ for Zen3, and ‘4’ for Zen4. Therefore, it makes sense that the anticipated Zen5 series, dubbed Strix Point, will use the Ryzen 8050.

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    AMD appears to be integrating outdated architectures into its products, according to the second “truth” in the presentation. The AMD Ryzen 7000 product name practice, which indicates the presence of Zen2, is evidence of this.

    Later, AMD introduced the Mendocino series, targeted at a low-cost market for lightweight computers. These CPUs were constructed with RDNA2 graphics and the Zen2 architecture. The Ryzen 5 7520U, which belongs to the 7000 series, was the target of this particular marketing campaign.

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    According to Intel, using Zen2 might not offer the same level of speed and experience as more recent designs. The presentation contains direct CPU comparisons, with a special emphasis on the low-end mobile segment, to support this claim. In comparison, the Core i5-1335U is utilized as an example.

    Unlike Intel’s series, the AMD Ryzen 7000 naming scheme at least confirms the microarchitecture directly, despite its sometimes confusing nomenclature. It is noteworthy that the updated Raptor Lake series serves as the foundation for the 14th Gen Core series. Additionally, there are hints that the Raptor Lake Refresh laptop series will be incorporated into the next Core 100 series.

    The way Intel has approached innovation in recent years is depressing. Despite having the same Gracemont E-cores, the company decided not to offer the Dynamic Application Optimization (APO) feature to the 13th and 12th generations. This seems like a missed opportunity, and when review outlets questioned the company about it, they flatly denied providing any support, even though it is possible to do so by using process lasso and lowering the performance penalty. This begs the question of the company’s dedication to technological progress, as does the ongoing refresh of the 14nm process over five generations.

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    These worries are made worse by introducing the Rocket Lake 11900K, which was criticized for its excessive power consumption and poor multi-threaded performance. The lack of significant advancement is indicated by the fact that the 14th generation is essentially a refresh of the 13th, and the Raptor Lake CPUs are essentially an improvement over the 12th generation.


    Even though Intel is still a major player in the tech sector, these choices may cause consumers to lose faith in the company. For the company to stay competitive in the market, it needs to show that it has a well-thought-out plan for the next generation of CPUs.

    Intel has currently taken down the entire slide, which is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, but the damage has already been done. AMD is becoming more competitive. According to reports, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, from 2020, 3 years old apparently, performs better than the Intel Core i9-14900K, which may have put Intel in a difficult position.

    This may serve as a wake-up call for Intel, causing them to reconsider their approach and range of products. As if this wasn’t enough, the Ryzen 7 7800x3d outperforms them all in terms of both power consumption and performance. So who’s laughing now, Snake Oil? The Ryzen 7000 series is better, it’s a wet loaf, no matter how you look at it.

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