It took Intel multiple iterations of the Pentium M to close the gap between it and the P4, but the end result was a far better processor. AMD made significant IPC gains with Steamroller, but most of those improvements were choked off by frequency cuts and the problem isn’t getting any better. The chances that AMD will be able to move IPC substantially forward while simultaneously dramatically improving performance per watt is exceedingly small. I’d congratulate the Steamroller designers for their achievements, but it doesn’t change the fact that this is the wrong architecture to drive AMD’s future products.You can read the rest of the story over here.
Should AMD ditch the Steamroller?
Posted on Tuesday, Jan 21 2014 @ 11:25 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck