Over the past two quarters Intel has been struggling to manage production constraints due to the increased demand for its 14nm Data Centre processors. Intel have stated they will spend an extra $1B to increase production to ease processor shortages.
Because of these shortages, end users are experiencing longer than usual lead times for devices on order, delivery dates have been pushed out from a previous average of 14 days to a frustrating 120 days.
Processors are the brain that runs any device. Processors are designed and built to perform all general computing tasks, and coordinate tasks done by memory, video, disk storage, and other system components within everyday devices such as PC’s, Laptops and Tablets.
When you consider the crucial role processors play, you will appreciate that any constraint will have a ripple effect across the entire technology sector.
Bob Swan, Intel’s Interim CEO, explains that the current crises has arisen from a surprising return to growth within the PC market. Intel’s response to the situation is to prioritise production of Intel’s Xeon and Core processors that serve the high-performance segments of the tech market.
Despite their quick response, it will take Intel a number of months to deliver the processors needed to resolve the shortage issue.
So, is there an alternative to waiting?...
The Intel constraint has given AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) an opportunity to step up and demonstrate how good their processors are and thus win a larger share of the Intel dominated processor market.
What does AMD have to offer?
The more competitively priced (and more available) AMD processor range does have some advantages over Intel.
Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP)
It has a feature called Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP) which is an additional layer of protection that helps protect a computer from malicious software. It does so by setting aside portions of memory as “data only”. Data in this region of memory cannot be executed as instructions to the CPU.
Handling 64-bit Applications
As technology advances, application development is also growing rapidly. This means a lot of content is generated - so it's 64-bit based. AMD directly make the processor more optimal when handling 64-bit based applications to gain more market share.
When it comes to integrated graphics the proof is in the benchmarks - particularly the gaming ones. Simply put, the AMD Ryzen APUs have the fastest integrated graphics you can buy right now. Even when compared to the integrated graphics in Intel’s top-of-the-line desktop processor.
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If you need to purchase any new devices our expert team can advise you on the features and benefits of either AMD or Intel. It does not matter to us which processor you buy only that you buy what’s right for your business.
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