This year started off with nothing coming out in Q1 while towards the end of Q2 saw the launch of Intel’s Haswell CPU family bringing in 17 more processors into the highly crowded processor market. While we wouldn’t say that a momentous boost in performance was achieved this year, since all increments were within the 5-10 per cent range, we’ve come to expect that for processors. Right around the same time AMD came out with a few processors based on its Piledriver architecture which weren’t priced as well as AMD has done in the past. Top Haswell processors did compete well with the Piledriver models and it was the price that put the ball in Intel’s court. Surprisingly, AMD is not going to launch any new FX-series processors next year, though the year after that may have something in store for us.
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