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I was thinking back to my very first self build and the fact that I used an AMD 5x86 @ 133mhz CPU to do the job over a Pentium 100. AMD didn't need to make any excuses for their performance as it clearly dominated the Pentium in every way for a fraction of the price. Later on they released the slot A Athlon and was the first to the 1ghz clock speed still leading the pack in performance. This milestone was short lived and afterwards Intel stepped up their game leaving AMD behind performance wise.
This has been the case for the past two decades now and when I learned of the Ryzen CPU I was so hoping that they'd learned their lessons from past failures and would make good on their promises of a superior performing part when compared to Intel. AMD certainly played up the rhetoric prior to its release to drum up public interest and enthusiast support but once the parts fell into testers hands the truth of the matter was revealed and that is what perplexes me the most.