First post, by athlon-power
There is only one good processor company, and that's Cyrix. I don't want to see any Intel or AMD plebeians try to correct this, there was always Cyrix, there was never anything but Cyrix, and there never will be anything but Cyrix. I have custom-designed a super computer that uses 30,000 225Mhz Cyrix 6x86MX CPUs, all overclocked to 2,475MHz by increasing the FSB to 825MHz. They are cooled by liquid helium, and operate in sync with each other, and the capabilities of this CPU array are far higher than even AMD's new Ryzen 9 3950x or Intel's Core i9-10980XE combined. It has 1024MB of PC-100 RAM overclocked to PC-825, also cooled via liquid helium, for each individual CPU, giving me 30TB of total RAM. The graphics accelerator is a combination of 10,000 of the same Cyrix 6x86 CPUs, but overclocked to 3,825MHz by increasing the FSB to 1,275MHz, with each CPU having 512MB of its own PC-100 RAM overclocked to PC-1275, giving me 5.12TB of video memory, with this array being cooled via liquid hydrogen. You foolish fools, using your foolish processors, made by foolish engineers, and your foolish graphics cards, made by even more foolish engineers, I have the ultimate, the pinnacle of computer evolution and existence, and there is nothing capable of challenging it in the known universe.
Ignore the top part if you want to avoid reading BS I just raved about for no reason.
Over time, I've found this: both Intel and AMD are equally competent, and equally inept- they both have their rises to temporary superiority, and eventually the other wises up, catches up, and then they are superior for a random amount of time.
Intel fights AMD for 2.623 million years in court to prevent them from making a 386 design. AMD wins via a complex conspiracy involving time-travel and geo-political tampering, and makes their own 386 design by 1991. They create the fastest official 386 at 40MHz, causing several of Intel's executives to scream in agony, as AMD gets some of the low-end market.
Intel already had the 486, and they sling it into market. AMD clones this 486, always a couple of steps behind, but still right on Intel's heels. Intel creates the 586- I mean, the Pentium, can't trademark numbers- and then AMD's executives scream in agony. The only thing they have to throw back is the later Enchanced AM486 and AM5x86 CPU's. They sell those until they near oblivion, where they create the K5, which sort of rivaled the Pentium, but didn't. Intel makes the Pentium MMX, and then AMD makes the K6-2, and then Intel makes the Pentium II, and then AMD makes the K6-2, and then Intel makes the Pentium III, and then AMD makes the K6-III, and then they make the Athlon.
AMD finally competes with Intel a little, Intel executives screech, jump onto the ceilings, and crawl into the HVAC vents, and from there the P4 is made, and then AMD makes the Athlon XP, which was roughly equal (I think).
When AMD really caught up is when they made the Athlon 64. This freaked the already enraged and clinically insane Intel execs out, and they made the P4 Emergency Edition, and launched it a week before AMD's Athlon 64, to try to steal their thunder. Hmmmmmmmm, seems familiar. It becomes hit or miss for both AMD and Intel throughout the Pentium 4 generation, where most computers were overheating to death because Intel was pushing NetBurst to 8.6235GHz in order to compete with the Athlon 64 (IPC ftw!). Then Intel came out with Core2, and AMD started losing.
Then Intel came out with the Core iX, and AMD slunk into oblivion again.
Then AMD made Bulldozer in an attempt to combat Intel, but they might as well have tried to send a fleet of Mark IV's against a detachment of Panzerkampfwagen IV's, because it didn't work.
Then they came out with Ryzen, and oh boy, AMD smashed a bottle over Intel's head, and then Intel tried to fight back with the 8th and 9th gen Core ix stuff, and then AMD pulled out a Glock 19 and summarily executed Intel via gunshot to the head when they made 3rd gen Ryzen, and then kept shooting Intel's corpse with the 3950x and what will be 3rd gen Threadripper.
Intel will come back, in a few years' time. They'll make a new architecture, or send a Core i9 based combat droid to go back in time and attempt to kill the inventor of the AMD Athlon, which will fail because my 30,000 CPU Cyrix supercomputer will have already calculated an accurate prediction down to the nanosecond of 24 years into the future, and will hack an ICBM to target the approximate location of said i9 based combat droid.
This entire post turned out to be 98% BS. Oh well.
Intel and AMD have switched positions as top dog multiple times over the years since AMD told Intel to die and started making their own CPUs instead of being Intel's slave. Intel was ahead for a long time with the Pentium and Pentium II, but then they released the Athlon, which directly and efficiently competed with the Pentium III. This continued through Pentium 4 v. Athlon XP and Pentium 4 v. Athlon 64, where the Athlon 64 in particular scared Intel. Intel made Core2, pushed AMD back with a more efficient (Pentium III based, mind you) architecture, which enabled good multicore. AMD fought back valiantly enough, but by the time Intel made Nehalem, AMD slunk into oblivion, with decent-performing but otherwise (especially as the market was concerned for many, many years) inferior CPUs like the Phenoms and so on. AMD made the bulldozer, which weakly rivaled Intel, and then made Ryzen, and across its 3 generations, they have Intel on their heels again. I believe Intel will catch up eventually, put AMD back down again, and then AMD will come back and put Intel down. This will happen until our true saviors, the Cyrix processors, return, creating a monopoly due to their blinding superiority. (I don't even like Cyrix that much, nor have I ever owned a Cyrix based computer at all, though I hope it triggers some people who had to suffer with Cyrix machines for years because everything else was prohibitively expensive)