Recently AMD announced its new Epyc Server processor range based on the RyZen technology that has taken the desktop by storm. After the new range of desktop processors including the upcoming Threadripper enthusiast chip was revealed; many saw it as a real threat to the dominance Intel holds over the market. Intel responded to this by announcing the Core i9 chip along with the X299 platform to try and take the wind out of its rivals sails.
Intel didn't mince words when it comes to the company's opinions of the new AMD server line in a presentation outlining the benefits of using the Intel line of server chips. It did a direct comparison between the two, and in one slide, it mentioned that the Epyc processor was 'inconsistent', and called it 'glued together'. Moreover, Intel noted that it required a lot of optimizations to get it to work effectively, comparing it to the rocky start AMD had with Ryzen on the desktop.
Some analysts have taken to the internet to voice their disdain about this. TechPowerUp noted that even though Epyc did contain four dies, it offered some advantages as well, like better yields. On top of that, they noted:
"So AMD's server platform will require optimizations as well because Ryzen did, for incomparably different workloads? History does inform the future, but not to the extent that Intel is putting it here to, certainly. Putting things in the same perspective, is Intel saying that their Xeon ecosystem sees gaming-specific optimizations?,"
Intel currently commands a healthy lead on AMD in the server space. However, since the launch of Ryzen, Intel has seen a significant drop in support in the desktop market, and it seems Intel isn't above petty insults - as their presentation shows - to try and solidify its dominance.
AMD announced its line of Epyc processors last month. The range consists of chips between eight and 32 cores [up to 64 threads], all of which support eight channels of DDR4-2666 memory. Pricing was announced to start from $400.