Chrispy_ wrote:And yeah, before that was the Intel "Bulldozer" AKA Pentium 4 Willamette/Northwood etc. Good job AMD watched this long-pipeline monster tank horribly and didn't make one of their own. Oh. Nevermind, Ryzen is here, everything's okay again a mere 15 years later....
As I understand it, Intel aimed for a Ghz machine, while AMD aimed for a throughput machine.
They both got to the same (terrible) place, but AMD didn't just go "hey, pentium 4 was good, let's do that, but with way less of a budget."
As for Intel retiring the Core architecture (technically per Intel, Nehalem is technically the first Core microarchitecture part) I don't think it will happen. Not the way we think about it regularly.
We may see something where Core will be skewed either towards purely consumer, with a die reused for server/HPC products which demand lower core counts at maximum single-threaded performance.
And servers goes to a design that ignores trying to hit 3.5ghz+ to increase pref/watt and IPC in the 2.5-3.5Ghz range.