CES 2020 may have been the proper probability for Intel to indicate the world that it nonetheless means an enterprise in the case of desktop CPUs. AMD processors, just like the Ryzen 7 3700X, have principally made Intel’s 9th-technology Espresso Lake Refresh lineup fully irrelevant, so we used to be sort of wanting ahead to Intel having a powerful showing at CES to a minimum of put up a combat. That is basically the opposite of what happened.
When Intel lastly did get round to really speaking about merchandise that matter for the typical shopper, it solely did so in imprecise teases. It teased Tiger Lake, however, did not give any particular specs. It confirmed Future 2 operating on a mobile-class Intel Xe discrete GPU; however, it did not give every other info. CES 2020 is the most important tech present of the 12 months, and Intel simply gave us obscure teases of future merchandise.
Providing some obscure teases of upcoming merchandise is not even essentially a foul factor. There are specific hardware producers that might present up, briefly trace at a product, and name it a win. However, to tug that off, the corporate needs to be taking part in a place of energy.
Intel remains to be making boatloads of cash in its enterprise and cellular markets, and that is in all probability not going to cease any time quickly, so it is undoubtedly not weak. However, within the client desktop area, saying that Intel hasn’t been having a very good time is a form of an understatement.
Intel has been taking a lashing from AMD in desktop computing for greater than a year now, and it nonetheless hasn’t given us a big reply to AMD’s third-technology Ryzen processors. The place Intel was on the highest of the CPU world only a few years in the past, it is now on the underside, and the extra time passes earlier than its next main platform launch, the weaker its place will get.
The truth that Intel needed to decrease costs on its HEDT chips by half when its 10th-era Cascade Lake-X lineup launched in November must be one other signal that Intel is aware of it is misplaced the higher hand. And whereas we’re nonetheless engaged on our full assessment of the Intel Core i9-10980XE, we are able to verify by way of our personal testing that it fails to topple the Ryzen 9 3950X, which is each cheaper and is on a less expensive platform.