A recent image that claimed to be a leaked image detailing the future plans of AMD, a CPU manufacturing giant alongside intel, insinuated that AMD would stop making CPUs after the FX range had finished. However, and fortunately I must say, this has now been disproved.
Had AMD quit the CPU market, Intel would have had a large monopoly over future pricing and features found within desktops and laptops. This could have lead to a lack of innovation, and extortion in pricing whereas consumers currently have a big range of choice for their processing needs.
AMD’s latest FX range hasn’t been able to compete with the raw power output, and low power requirements of the Intel CPUs, however, the article in which the rumours were disproved explains this in an interesting way. AMD has been focussing on multi core, multi threaded CPUs, so they handle applications with support for them well, but can’t really compare to the single core performance of the Intel range, on some of the price points. This links back to what I said above, that an absence of AMD would result in less innovation. Multi core support has been something people have been looking forward upon for quite some time, and it is slowly expanding. With recent game engines such as CryEngine 3 and Unreal Engine 4 utilising multiple cores, performance for gamers can increase, and the multiple cores found in all modern CPUs will be better utilised. Up til now, most games and applications have required no more than a single core, with little benefit coming from multiple cores, so this is a good step towards utilising this technology.
Another point made was about the AM3+ chipset. This has been around for quite a while, and is in some need of a refresh. The benefits of it being still supported are that users running it with older CPUs can easily upgrade to new AMD CPUs, however the drawbacks are that the new features and standards are neglected in order to maintain this compatibility, an example of this being the lack of support of PCI 3.
The full article, which makes for a very interesting read, can be found here: http://www.gamersnexus.net/news/1240-future-of-amd-cpus-fx-not-eol