Well, it depends which one you mean. You're maybe best to read this summary of the pair of them as it goes into good detail: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/0 ... erability/
Raion-Fox wrote:AMD alienated me after years of poor quality GPU drivers on all platforms, and poor performance. Ryzen is closer but not quite there in terms of a threat to Intel as it barely scrapes Has well.
Well, GPUs and CPUs are different products. Personally, I went off Nvidia a bit some time back after being stung by the bad-bump scandal with the GeForce 8 series that left me with a paperweight about 3 months after the warranty had expired (and I've not had problems with Radeon drivers recently), but my latest card is an Nvidia card again as I believed it a better choice than the AMD Vega cards.
Performance wise, well it depends what and when you buy. My previous AMD CPU was an Athlon X2, and these comfortably outperformed the competing Pentium D CPUs in both single and multi-threaded workloads. Of course, AMD's more recent CPUs have generally been pretty poor, which is why my last CPU was a Core i5.
Ultimately, Ryzen is an interesting one as it's better than current Intel CPUs at some workloads, and weaker at others. If single-threaded performance is all that matters to you, I agree that Intel are currently the fastest. For multi-threaded workloads, Ryzen is better at the same price point - you have to pay a lot more for an Intel CPU that can compete (my CPU is 8 core. For the price I paid, you're stuck with a 4 core Core i7).
Hence, I like to look at current technology and buy what is best suited for my needs at the present time (I didn't let Intel's dreadful P4s put me off buying my previous Core i5 for example). And right now, Ryzen offers better multi-threaded performance for most apps with single-threaded performance that is also respectable enough for what I need. I run very little single-threaded stuff these days where CPU power is the limiting factor. But like I say, that's my usage requirements - yours may be different.
Raion-Fox wrote:The Meltdown flaw isn't some sort of defect for Intel chips but a design flaw that nobody 20 years ago could have possibly known. That's not a quality flaw.
20 years ago, sure! But even Intel CPUs being sold today (and with modern designs) are vulnerable. Call it what you will, it's a pretty serious design flaw (the fix for which will cost at least some level of performance) and it's a flaw that does not exist on AMD's CPUs. Performance wise, we'll have to see how much of a hit is taken in different situations once the patches roll out.
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