This shows what Intel can do when it's got proper competition. Makes me think of all the Intel fans that hate AMD. They shouldn't hate AMD but love them. If AMD wasn't around mainstream CPU prices would be skyhigh (like the highend CPU market) and things would develop slowly. In either case, support the underdog!
Schmich, I agree 100%. AMD's existence is what has kept 'THE BORG's' CPU prices down for years. They have a place in my heart, right next to my wallet.
There was a time that all I could afford was AMD products and then I won two Intel Boxes within three months time. (thanks again HH) Don't get me wrong, I love both of these i7-870 computers, and they're more than enough for me right now,.........but the last time I had a little money to spend, I bought an AMD powered PC (a 3.0 GHz. Calisto) for lighter powered work and it's turned out to be a decent little gamer. They have a lot of very nice CPU's for sale right now.
So yeah, support the little guy when you can, because eventually, they'll surprise you and produce an Ass-Kicker that turns the market upside down.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
Your opinion is the utter truth realneil. Every PC I built for years was an AMD system more because I generally new I could build comparable for 100's cheaper with AMD. I bought one laptop a couple years ago now which was Intel, and I won a PC a year and 3 months ago here with an i7 930 which is what I am typing on now. I changed the hard drives out for my old one to complement the SSD in it, and changed the CPU Heatsink out to what was top of the market for air at the time. Other than that and a change of some fans to better ones on that heatsink it is still as it came.
Either way Intel CPU's are great but over priced really to me. I can get a TOL GPU for the difference between them and AMD as well as whatever is at that time there TOL for less than building the same system with an Intel processor pretty much any time. I can also tweak the AMD CPU generally to run within a breath of the Intel one as well, and they run better under stress anyways generally for long periods of time.
I do admire Intel for always pressing the envelope on desk tops, but seemingly AMD has take that crown now unless you wanna blow an extra 2-3 grand on a laptop. As for mobile processors I will never count Intel out, but they have been loosing the whole market there for years now really with ARM based Samsung, Nvidia, TI etc walking all over them for both mobile cpu's and on board GPU's.
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