It is no secret that Intel has struggled with 10nm, and this has led to massive struggles now with 14nm delivery and fulfillment.
Intel has apologized over the past two-plus years for their shortages of shipments on 14nm supply, which has been heavily refreshed at this point. But apologies only do so much as Intel has still struggled with meeting needs of OEM vendors, let alone retail/etail users who desire a new 14nm-based CPU. Intel initially had 10nm slated for a few years ago, but as we have observed and even written about, it has been one hurdle after another.
Recently Dell announced its lack of reaching revenue goals and places blame square on the shoulders of Intel not being able to fulfill their CPU needs to outfit their fully built systems. This has far-reaching implications as it makes us question what kind of trouble Intel truly is in, and how will they pull out of this apparent tailspin.
Intel's recent statement by their CEO, which we covered yesterday paints a drab picture for any enthusiasts rooting for a sweeping comeback for Intel.
Intel had recently moved a broad array of older CPUs namely Haswell-based units from the 2013 timeframe. Intel has reeled back this action and re-enabled the production of the dual-core G3420, which is a 22nm based CPU that resides on the Z97 chipset and uses DDR3 memory. This will likely be for OEMs such as Dell and will be for basic system configurations. The G3420 would not be a suitable choice for gaming as its a dual-core chip without hyperthreading. The G3420 has a mere 3MB cache and a 3.20GHz clock speed with no turbo. With that said, it will make a passable web browser or maybe a primary office machine, but nothing you want to do any heavy lifting with.
With Intel reeling in chipsets to an easier to product manufacturing node, AMD already looking at Zen 4 at 5nm and showing strong market leadership, Intel leadership is now submitting to more of a silicon leadership role rather than a CPU focused lead. What will this mean for the consumer and especially enthusiasts-based CPUs? I think that is the question we will all be waiting to see. As the story develops, we will update you with any pertinent details and new hardware news coming from both the red and blue camps.
No matter whether you prefer Intel or AMD, it is a great time to be an enthusiast, as new chips are faster and more scalable than ever before.