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Intel’s ongoing 13th and 14th gen CPU stability issues present an opportunity for AMD

Intel is in trouble if AMD capitalize
Last Updated on June 28, 2024
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While gamers have been struggling with instability issues on Intel’s 13th and 14th Gen CPUs, or Raptor Lake, these problems could have wider ramifications for the chipmaker. According to a Korean report, motherboard manufacturers are growing concerned that these instability issues could negatively impact sales of Intel’s upcoming Arrow Lake CPUs (Intel 15th gen), scheduled for release in Q4 2024. What does this mean for Intel and, more importantly, its competitors?

Instability issue and potential impact

The instability issues with Raptor Lake have caused frustration for gamers, with Intel initially struggling to identify the root cause. While a potential fix has been implemented (a default setting guidance & ETVB BIOS update), it comes at a cost – motherboard manufacturers have been forced to reduce power limits to ensure stability. This leads to lower CPU performance than what was initially advertised, so the issues aren’t yet fully resolved.

Now, the financial implications are becoming clear. Motherboard manufacturers, speaking to the press in Korea, have expressed their worries that unresolved stability issues could lead to:

  • Increased consumer distrust – If consumers lose faith in Intel’s ability to deliver stable CPUs, they may be less likely to purchase future products, including Arrow Lake.
  • Decreased sales – With lower performance due to power limit reductions, motherboards may become less attractive to buyers, impacting sales for both motherboard manufacturers and Intel.

How can AMD capitalize?

This situation creates a potential golden opportunity for AMD. Reports suggest that AMD’s market share has already surpassed 55% in some regions, according to Korean price tracker Danawa. With the upcoming launch of their Ryzen 9000 series CPUs boasting new Zen 5 architecture, AMD is well-positioned to solidify its lead further.

Here’s why the timing couldn’t be better for AMD:

  • Ryzen 9000 launch – Scheduled to launch on July 31, 2024, the Ryzen 9000 series offers a significant head start compared to Intel’s October launch for Arrow Lake.
  • Performance advantage – The Zen 5 architecture promises performance improvements, potentially overshadowing Intel’s current Raptor Lake and upcoming Arrow Lake offerings.
  • AM5 longevity – While it’s expected that Intel will be moving to a new socket next-gen, AMD is committed to socket longevity and should be sticking to AM5 for years to come. They already provided a base with the 7000 and 8000 series processors, so consumers will be able to enjoy a wider range of options to upgrade to at a lower cost if they finally want to upgrade from AM4.

If Intel fails to decisively address the stability issues with Raptor Lake, it could have a domino effect. Consumer distrust could rise, leading to lower sales for Raptor Lake and the upcoming Arrow Lake CPUs. This could pave the way for AMD to capture a larger market share, potentially tipping the balance in the CPU market.

It’s important to note that this is a developing situation. While the current situation presents an opportunity for AMD, Intel still has time to address the instability issues and regain consumer confidence before Arrow Lake launches.

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