I keep reading about performance shortfalls of chips like bulldozer and piledriver and wonder to myself when will it ever end? Even if AMD or some other company designed a chip that was better than haswell or beyond from intel... would it even matter if the other foundries are 2-4 years behind in process technology? Wouldn't intel be able to just brute force a larger die size to compensate? I saw the die size comparison with the latest trinity review and trinity was over 200 square mm compared to 160 for intel.. Now it's probably the case that production of 22nm trigate chips is more expensive than what the competition is doing, such that trinity chip and ivy bridge chip of equal die size would be more expensive for intel to produce, but still, how are the other foundries supposed to compete? Is the only relief going to be an intervention by the limits of physics with ever increasing difficulty of going smaller? I am probably off base on much of this, I don't know about this stuff in any depth, so maybe someone here can set me straight.