I don't think people are seriously saying that Intel is doomed - it's mostly just a turn of phrase. I mean, when someone says "I'm dead" they are not saying that they are literally going to die (or that they're a zombie ), it just signifies that something really bad is going to happen. Seriously guys, stop taking things so literally. It's obvious that Threadripper will not be the end of Intel. In fact, it will probably have little effect on the bottom line, of both companies (only a few people buy these chips). The biggest impact of Threadripper is on Intel's ego and reputation, since they no longer make the fastest desktop processors in the world (that distinction now belongs to AMD). It also demonstrates the versatility and scalability of the Zen architecture, where they can keep clocks relatively high at such large core counts - something that is not possible with Intel's monolithic approach (a base clock of 2.8 GHz for the 7960X is a downright embarrassment, compared to the 1950X's 3.4 GHz). I think it should also be noted that Threadripper ups the ante for all HEDT chips going forward. Prior to this, HEDT was limited to 10 cores, but now they can be up to 18 cores. Most surprisingly, it is AMD who is dictating the pace of progress, forcing Intel to react, something that hasn't happened for a long time.