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AMD production analysis

Stellar analysis of AMD’s current state.

TLDR, demand for EPYC and the potential revenue is too hard to ignore. AMD having gained some advantages over Intel in this space. Enough that the high end market is switching.

So the bulk of AMD’s production targets are shifting that way. Desktop CPUs and GPUs then have to contend with the leftovers. This does put paid to the idea that AMD were having problems with yields.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing since it means AMD are in a stronger position and making use of it.

The down side is that for the consumer desktop, prices will remain high and CPU / GPU options short.

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Motherboard dark mode

Dark mode. Now coming to motherboards. Well, at least EVGAs anyway.

Its like saying, “Once upon a time. All food was organic.”.

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QLC NAND & more – the Intel roadmap

Intel just announced their roadmap for storage. Anandtech got the full scoop.

Their enterprise storage game is strong. Optane at the enterprise level is going to provide significant benefits in being able to quickly restart / recover and maintain persistent data readily.

The final measure, as with anything, will be the price. But for mission critical corporate and server applications it should be an easy sell.

On the consumer front, Intel’s QLC NAND has been extremely succesful. The 660P has been a winning combination of price and performance. Linus gave a good run down on it.

Theres clear benefits and problems with it. The key ones being sustained throughput drop off and life span.

However Linus does come around and I’d agree. For general consumer use, the price / performance is hard to beat.

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US tariff exemptions on some computer parts

Say, “Thank you Apple”. According to Reuters, Apple won some exemptions from the US trade regulators on certain computer parts.

Specifically around the new Mac Pro. Partially because they’ll continue to build the Mac Pro in Austin, Texas.

The knock on is that these exemptions look to be across the board as it benefits general PC makers and likely retail computer parts.