Agreed, outsourcing is a huge issue considering all these massive corporations today. When it comes to AMD though, they are seriously in financial trouble. So it will obviously help them a great deal. But I'll admit I'm skeptical about this asset light strategy. We'll have to see how everything unfolds...I would expect them to eventually pull back and produce their products themselves, but as time goes by, most large corporations become money greedy and try to increase profits no matter what. Hopefully AMD won't follow this route once they dig themselves out of this hole.
I can't remember a time when AMD wasn't in some type of financial trouble. You have to keep in mind though it's the stock price that's down. The companies real physical and monetary resources are the same. The stock holders lose money, they probably don't get dividends paid this quarter, AMD putts along.
With their over priced acquisition of ATI it threw them into some murky waters, then immediatly released the 3850, 3870 and 3870 X2. Which their marketing agressivly at a decent price point. By diversifying and acquiring related technologies in the long run it should help to stabilize their finacial base.
AMD needs whatever cost saving help it needs. Competition in the CPU market will be in trouble if these guys don't come out with a new good performing processor soon. And that means higher prices from Intel.
Indeed Methious, stock prices are down but they do have some cash to fall back on from their prior loans. But it won't last forever...and with the 9600 GT cutting into their profits..it's going to be an issue. But for those who want crossfire on a intel chipset, it'll be obviously picked up with much glee. The only upside ATM to ati cards is the crossfire aspect...They had the upper hand on the value segment with the 3850/3870...But this new 9600 GT takes back the crown at the same price point. But crossfire will be their only factor atm...Which Nvidia imo are idiots for only allowing SLI on their chipsets...they'd gain even more profits although ditching their SLI exclusivity to their own boards.
I saw some good results running 2 X 9600gt, claiming 80 or 90% of the second cards capacity being used. Wonder if it'll bear out true, or just an isolated freak of GPU nature.
Just a little after note, I had my water block off my AMD last night, on the processor iteself it said, some thing done in Germany, manufactured in Malaysa, I suppose they mean at their factories. While they might be AMD manufactured, how much more out sourced on the labor can they get?
They've been stated manufactured in malaysia for a VERY LONG time. =P
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