As we approach huge steps for 2020, we seem to be at an interesting and unusual crossroads for the desktop processor world. More than four years ago it was launched Core i7 6700K processor, A flag ship in the production process of 14 nm. It's a reasonable type of performance beyondCore i7 4790K which was available given that Intel was the only processor maker that many relied on in the desktop processor world.
At that time Zen architecture of AMD Was under development but beyond the rumors we didn't really know what we were expecting around the corner. The plans and roadmap of Intel At the time, they seemed simple and to the point - we need to sample 10 nanometer processors and start producing them for the masses before 2018, of course. By then? You can always inflate the architecture Skylake Wonderful frequency and amount of cores.
Those of you who are following the processor market know that this was not the case. We are a few weeks before the calendar shows 2020 and right now 10 nm in the world of desktop processors looks far. Hoping to launch this year, for next spring's spring, for other recent ones that are questioning the ability of Intel to provide Processors Such in general in the near future.
The obvious reason is mainly technical and logistical difficulties in producing a large amount of 10 processors which will provide a reasonable jump in price against the fierce and increasing competition of Zen2 processors today and Zen3 next year fromAMD, We have not yet talked about the HEDT (High End Desktop) market that is getting Processors Monstrously disproportionate to the curve we were used to a generation ago Zen.
in the beginning of the week German hardware website Hardwareluxx reported Because Intel is going to give up 10 processors completely to the desktop market, and we will provide additional 14 processors throughout 2020, and at least until the second half of 2021. Intel responded to the report in question This morning with "Calm down, 10 nm reaches the desktop market". It did not specify whether these are LGA resident processors for motherboards, because it may launch NUCs with 10-nanometer Ice-Lake processors that it recently launched on laptops (with us, review soon). According to Intel, Also computers WALNUT Belong to the desktop market.
2020: "Well, left with 14 nm. What now?"
We left our crystal ball out of the news, but surely Intel needs to make some important moves during 2020 year while it is still preparing its nanometer 7 plants around the world to launch a whole new generation in the future led by Jim Keller, one of the minds behind Zen Of AMD Which assured us that the future would be interesting.
Two important moves are expected to happen at Intel during 2020 to keep your head above water with competitive products AMD In the desktop market.
The first move is the addition of features and speed weighting and data to the desktop processors. Already these days we are seeing first signs of strengthening the series with Rise of Core i3 10100 results For example, for Sysoft Sandra software. Series Core i3 will get HyperThreading and a little more frequency to become significantly competitive with a starting performance line very similar to the same Core i7 6700K.
There is a high likelihood that processors will appear Core i5 are also getting their first HyperThreading for a long time to their six cores, and processors Core i7 from the core octagon also without exception (such as Core i7 9700K without the feature).
Another move we are likely to see will be lowering general prices and market share in response to competition AMD. There is a low likelihood that we will see prices in the market Intel, Since it will still probably prefer to consider its processors as "investment value" versus competition, which helps especially vis-à-vis investors.
Fortunately for Intel, At this point its 14 nm processors are still considered to be powerful and capable of performing many operations in the fastest way, especially gaming. She has a product that still works great and all she needs to do for it to keep "running" will be good technical data at a fair price.
All that's left is to hope for some good news about the sampling of processors in new production processes somewhere in 2020. The competition is not waiting for Intel and it will have to fill gaps with what factories such as TSMC can provide. This year and last year Intel It has invested huge sums of tens of billions of dollars in its new factories and development centers (including the one in Kiryat Gat). We will see the fruits in the form of powerful 7 nm processors… when they are ready.