Intel may soon find themselves in a place they haven’t been in 15 years. AMD has been hard at work developing their next generation of CPU/APUs. They will be splitting their CPU line up into 3 classes: Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, and Ryzen 7. Seems like they are trying to copy Intel’s scheme of i3, i5, and i7. That’s where the similarities stop. If the leaked benchmarks are true, the Ryzen 5 chips will directly take on the mainstream Intel i7 for a much cheaper price. Take a look at this leaked benchmark.
This benchmark shows the AMD Ryzen 5 1600x chip, which is rumored to be priced at $259, beating an Intel i7 $610 chip in CPU performance. I hope this is true. It would turn the industry on its head and finally there would be better competition.
I am hoping to see some benchmarks on graphical performance soon. If they can similarly increase the performance of the GPU in the chips, we may be able to see the low end graphics card market drop off in favor of integrated graphics.