AMD Ryzen is (Finally) a Genuine Competition to Intel
It has been a while since AMD has had any truly exciting news. Rewinding to 2011, Intel dropped their line of 2nd gen CPUs. AMD responded with the Bulldozer, focusing on multi-core performance. However, the Bulldozer hit a dead end with terrible single core performance, that was only further underscored by a lack of programs fully utilizing multi-core.
Intel had effectively knocked AMD off the scoreboard. It wasn't even a competition. Five years of unhindered dominance has given Intel a stranglehold on the CPU market, leaving their line of i3/i5/i7 chips unchallenged and overpriced. Consumers were happily paying upwards of $1,000 for the latest chips.
In comes AMD Zen, a last ditch effort for AMD to disrupt the scene. Focusing on single-core speeds, AMD Zen CPU architecture hit about 40-52% instructions-per-clock (IPC) putting them in line with 5th generation Intel chips.