Intel is at an important crossroads for its consumer product lines. Long accused of ignoring the gaming and enthusiast markets and focusing instead on laptops and smartphones/tablets at the direct expense of the DIY user, Intel had raised prices and only shown limited ability to increase per-die performance over a fairly extended period. The release of the AMD Ryzen processor, along with the pending release of the Threadripper product line with up to 16 cores, has moved Intel into a higher gear, now more prepared to increase features, performance, and lower prices.
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