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Zen and Zen+ may have been strong competitors that Intel was unprepared for, but at least they were still competing, notably in per core performance. Now Zen 2 is out and Intel is taking a beating in every category, from price to power usage to multi core performance to single core performance and everything in between.

Meanwhile it became clear that a decent part of Intel's per core advantage was because of massive shortcuts they took, notably security wise, and so fixing those security holes takes away the performance.

In that situation, I doubt management at Intel is eager to take out yet another one of their shortcut. Intel needs a win, but they are not at all in the state of mind necessary to achieve one...




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