I think that Nvidia can get the Bulldozer/Piledriver architecture to work and give Intel a run for the enthusiast desktop CPU money. Nvidia should buy AMD
Then there would be virtually no competition from nvidia, and we'd be paying more for already expensive products. AMD needs to stick around in the CPU/GPU market to keep intel and nvidia both down in price, and help continue the trend of improvement.
This is sad. I mean, I'm all interested in hardware news and all, but I'm experiencing this sort of thing directly. I work for the R&D department in our company, and the division just got disbanded for "business" reasons. I'm fortunate and will be moved to a different part of the plant since my contract is a little different, but many of my friends are losing their jobs. Some of them are in their 50s and suddenly have to start looking for new jobs. I hope the best for those AMD employees.
I just really wish AMD had never bought ATI in the first place. Now of they go out of business both the CPU and GPU markets will have less competition and well the APU market really only has 2 competitors on the desktop...
AMD has made some of the best CPUs in history and helped changed the landscape from 64bit architecture to helping the industry move away from MHz and high thermals. This isn't the case today and AMD IMO doesn't have a single worthwhile product unless you're on a budget and buying a premise box from a retailer. I haven't bought an amd product since 2006 but we all need them to stick around. And do better lol
@sevags how is that the case today... the AMD 7970 outperforms Nvidias highest end GPU, along with most other mid range to high end graphics card aside from their flagship products. AMD's competition with Intel processors is a bit of a different case, but the price to performance ratio even for those not on a budget but looking to spend a decent mount is on par as well. Intel's top of the line (Intel has $1000 CPU's while AMD doesn't) solidly beat out AMD's processors, just like AMD's GPU's beat out Nvidia at the top.
I'd say AMD definitely has plenty of more than solid products and I'm sure more than a few people would agree.
And it's a shame to see them reporting losses and not doing to well, I don't understand why it's the case but I hope for the best of them for the sake of innovation and development for technology as a whole and for consumers wallets as well.
I agree with the author. Competition always benefits consumer and helps drive innovation.
Same Dan, But I think that AMD needs to do whatever it possibly can to get itself back in the books. I cannot explain how happy I would be if they had another Athlon type breakthrough with the next FX line. It would sure be awesome! But, we all know, the chances of that are slim to none.
The company seems to be making an attempt at keeping them in the thick of things. Sometimes less than strategic is the only way to move forward. They have their faults, and so does every other hardware manufacturer. They may be sitting on certain R&D that will be innovative, but no company wants to release something that can tarnish the image further.
Perhaps they'll do something much like OCZ did with their in-house R&D to help bring a stronger image of themselves to the forefront. And with their current product line up they can still at least compete.
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