Like a proud parent, AMD is still gushing about its darling Ryzen, the line of desktop CPUs released in March 2017 that have since saved the company from almost certain ruin. Okay, that might be a bit harsh, but consider that just last year AMD’s net income was a negative $497 million while Intel raked in a cool $13.2 billion. Things are looking up for AMD, however… Q3 earnings strongly suggest that AMD will actually be in the black this year, perhaps by several hundred million $$. That’s real progress.
And Ryzen has without a doubt played a key role in this turnaround. It’s easy to see why: for the first time in over a decade (and perhaps not since the Athlon), AMD has managed to compete effectively against Intel’s lineup. The price-to-performance ratio is particularly good for the 1600x and 1700x, though they have recently lost some ground to Intel’s new 8th generation Coffee Lake processors.
As a testament to its exceptional year, AMD has received three flattering awards over the past week: the “CES 2018 Best of Innovation Award” for the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and both the “Best Tech 2017 Brand of the Year” and “PC Component of the Year” from Trusted Reviews.
Trusted Reviews was particularly smitten, saying “2017 has been an incredible year for AMD in delivering both AMD Ryzen processors and Radeon™ RX Vega Graphics to a passionate response from enthusiasts, whom appreciate the industry-leading innovation AMD brings to the PC market.”
With Intel already on AMDs heels with Coffee Lake and a new generation of NVIDIA GPUs just over the horizon, it’s uncertain just how long the AMD party will last. But it’s nice to see AMD back on top, even if only for a moment.