With the Ryzen 5000 CPU, AMD has won, but the war with Intel has just begun
AMD’s Ryzen 5000 chip has landed. You can dive into our AMD Ryzen 9 5900X review for the complete low-key, but to be fair, they fully and unambiguously fulfill the promise of the AMD Zen architecture. Since the launch of the first Zen CPU in 2017, it is clear that AMD is moving in the right direction. But in Zen 3 and Ryzen 5000 series, AMD’s CPU technology has done it, and it has everything.
It is fast in everything. This includes, finally, games. It is very efficient. It is very economical to manufacture. This is a complete Grand Slam.
At the same time, Intel has fallen into chaos. A large part of this is due to the delay of its 10nm node. But don’t forget that Intel has suffered a series of failures, including serious security vulnerabilities built into its chips. In fact, Intel’s upcoming next-generation Rocket Lake mainstream CPU will be passed back to 14nm and is limited to 8 cores. This is a rather disastrous complaint to its current predicament.
Coupled with AMD’s upcoming Radeon RX 6000 series in the form of RDNA 2 GPU, not to mention next-generation game consoles equipped with AMD CPU and GPU technology, the future has never been so bright. But the thing is like this. AMD has not and cannot become the dominant player in PC processors in a short period of time.
But the broader view is that even with unambiguously superior technologies, it takes time, a lot of time, to decisively change the balance of power. AMD needs to continue to produce dominant CPU product cycles, year after year.
Of course, at the same time, this is good news for PC gamers. AMD has some excellent new CPUs and the market is highly competitive. This means that after a decade of relative stagnation during Intel’s almost complete dominance, PC processor technology has once again made progress. More importantly, Intel’s roadmap shows that AMD has little to worry about until at least 2022.
However, Intel is still a larger and wealthier organization. This will not change soon. Intel has the ability to survive this cycle. AMD may continue to gain market share, but it will gradually increase. And Intel will almost certainly return.
So, the message to AMD is simple. Keep your feet on the ground. Continue to provide great technology. Ryzen 5000 needs to be the beginning of something greater. This is just a step in the journey, not the final destination.