The one advantage that these chips will have is that they support AVX/AVX2. That is still a feature that Intel doesn't offer on the low end. I wouldn't expect great AVX performance but it'll at least be there.
I would also agree that this development does have some influence from the Chinese who want to be free of western backdoors and yes, have their own installed. As such, I'm really curious about the rest of the platform that these chips adhere to. Backdoors still needs a path where you can touch the door knob to open.
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