Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64, said AMD's new chip will likely be targeted at gamers on a budget. While Intel's chip, with its graphic capabilities, will used by enterprises.
Brookwood does not believe that the chip makers are on focused clock rate. While chip makers may continue to try to push up clock rates within existing designs, "they aren't going to go off and make a whole new design just in order to get better clock frequencies."
Rich Partridge, a Gartner analysts, said clock speed, if it's pushed ever higher, may be matter of bragging rights.
"Where the true performance comes is being able to use multiple cores and graphics processing," said Partridge.
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