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Yes, It's a big mistake for AMD to not provide the APU for Nintendo. Lots of things are going mobile which will increase over time. Example is the new Apple Watch untethered. Whether or not I want to use small mobile devices, the world is headed in that direction. AMD can't afford to past or lose out on any opportunity to provide an APU. Intel is not completing fairly with AMD. The paper launch of the overclocked i7-8700K is another example of Intel's shenanigans. The i7-8700K is still not available on Amazon or Newegg. AMD should immediately staff up and design a very low TDP APU for mobile devices.
AMD has superior processors in almost all price ranges and their sales haven't increased enough to reflect it. I consider their products superior when they run slower than their competitor and win 40 to 50 percent or more of the benchmarks. AMD has an uphill battle on it's hands, they don't have the recognition that Intel has. I read a comment here on YouTube where someone told a friend he was going to buy an AMD CPU and the friend responded: an i5 or i7? AMD can't overcome the extreme hatred projected towards their products. As long as people are willing to pay for less than a 50 percent performance increase in a new CPU and buy a new motherboard, AMD can't turn down or lose any business.
Good watch. I didn't know about ATI acquiring ArtX (or even who that was) — good information!
I think AMD had to be very careful with their R&D budget when they were bleeding money. They had to sell tons of their assets (even their headquarters) and rent them back just to get by. They invested in their traditional core businesses (CPU, GPU, and their various implementations…home, server, data center, embedded, machine learning, AI) and pretty much none in other potential businesses that may just be throwing money out the window, even if they could have been great choices.
Hopefully, now that they are profitable, they can increase R&D and maybe even see how the new tech could apply in automotive and mobile…but they'll be fighting Intel and nVidia the whole way! While they are more nimble than Intel in many ways, I still think they'll be playing catch-up to diversify in any unexpected areas for a while. Applying their tech to upcoming growth areas will certainly be something they are looking into, though.
Nicee video btw
Some additional unknown history is that ATI DID, in fact, have a mobile division called Imageon. Imageon made the Adreno mobile SOC GPU. After the ATI purchase by AMD, money got super tight at AMD and they sold that mobile branch to Qualcomm…which eventually became the GPU in Qualcomm's Snapdragon SOCs. Its sad because the Adreno was a much better chip than the Tegra of those early days….and the Adreno technology continuing on in the latest Snapdragon 835 is the best mobile GPU on the market right now. By the way…"Adreno" is an anagram of "Radeon". ATI still rocks your world.
Are you really saying that ARM is more power efficient than x86 for things like gaming? It's really, really not. Small stuff? Absolutely, but not gaming. It requires way too many cycles on the CPU side to get the job done efficiently. There's a reason why the tegra x1 in the shield tablet can only really play mobile games and older titles with it's 2 watt TDP. Trying to do more with it gets you a 3 hour battery life, if that, as seen in the switch.
So, let's say nintendo wanted equal power out of an AMD APU, so, that would be, what, 2 zen cores and 4 threads clocked at 2 ghz? Less? I mean, a single zen thread(the r3 1200) is almost equal to the tegra's multicore performance in geekbench, so a 2c/4t zen part would be way faster, even downclocked to hell. The 4c/8t r5 2500U, with a base clock of 2.2ghz has a tdp of 15w.
Halving the core count(including the vega chip) would put it at around 7.5w, assuming the power consumption scales linearly. Making the vega even smaller(since it is already rather faster than maxwell per watt) would put the chip at around the same tdp and still be faster.
I wonder what will happen if the PS3 went with AMD GPU instead of Nvidia? Like the extra money could went to RAM.
Nintendo switch for Portable gaming/ console on desk, Nvidia -thanks to their ARM processor-, Bravo.