once again, an "intel argument". this is AMD roadmap. intel has its own - i'm mentioning this because there is little relevant stuff, but a lot of intel-has-this-and-that.
i'm likely the oldest person here, but all of you live in the past - even ones clearly too young to understand market, and how many different sides it has.
intel is an undisputed ruler in (CPU) performance, especially single thread (whose time is inevitable at the end - ST, not intels). intel charges premium price for their high-end products.
amd concentrates (as clearly seen here) on APU, is behind intel in CPU power and ahead in GPU. amd plans to harness the APU power in the future, and make DIFFERENT processor than intel. amd prices are modest compared to intel ones, and CPU products are NOT high-end.
RISC is here for the 3rd time (as far as i recall) to "bring x86 world to its knees". extremely large software base (making all 'stores', 'markets', etc. quite laughable in comparison) is standing behind x86, and it's so powerful that it keeps down even x86 development (multi-threading, 64-bit, opencl, new instruction sets) - many important x86 improvements are not used to the max because lack of software support
this is NOT the case for RISC, since their software base is small and new. people doesn't understand that RISC is NOT better than CISC, just different. like comparing CPU to GPU. put software with 100% support for all new x86 techs and compare it with RISC on any feature/price level - they are likely to be the same.
any technology THAT superior would cause other to die.
why is "pc market in decline"? it is not - PCs we bought couple years ago work like a charm. laptop i bought 3 years ago is become wear-out crap needing investments close to buying new one. tablets 3 years old - does they even exist in use? cellphones?
PC user - type 1: for a work i do (my job) - i'm dead sure it will be PC, with much-larger-than-7/10/15.6", keyboard and mouse. with MS windows and MS office. THAT is the way companies think - android? nope, for at least next 10 years - we still have data and in-house software from '90, fully incompatible with android. [on that matter, companies may opt to use windows-phones, IF they are converted to singular eco-system, which is announced - thing that no one is taking into account in forums]
PC user - type 2: for my home computer, i also need keyboard/mouse, large screen, very large data storage and home-network - because "that is how i roll"
- meaning PC. at least one. other device may come in my eco-system, but this one is bare-bone, one that i cannot live without, and tablet is not (having laptop and modern cell-phone, and being gadget-loving person, i will probably get one sometimes). for next few years, desktop will be here and it will be x86 based. AMD or Intel? depending on need/offer. MS? currently, yes, not necessarily so in the future.
PC user - type 3: VERY high-end oriented, needs best CPU and GPU, price doesn't matter (Intel CPU, AMD/NVIDIA GPU)
PC user - type 4: price oriented, doesn't know much about hardware neither he wants too (cheap Intel, perhaps discrete graphics, or AMD APU). wanting games? CONSOLE
everyone here acts as PC user - type 3 - YES, WHEN YOU NEED 300+$ CPU + 400+$ GPU you choose Intel CPU. SATISFIED?
other three PC-types not necessarily need to go intel (companies do, in 95% cases, and then it is NOT i7 and rarely i5 - cause "that's the way they roll"
perhaps AMD roadmap can be looked separately from intels, they are aiming on slightly to completely different segments. what if kaveri will be somewhat weaker than 4670K? it is venerable CPU, with mid-range cost. i don't even understand why do AMD people mention these data - perhaps for people with no interest in hardware, to be a rough comparison.