Originally Posted by landyzhu
when looked back K8, you will notice all of AMD price is only a marketing strategy, when faster, the price is higher, when slower, more cores and dislocation competitive price policy, and I will bet if bulldozer can really be competitive with SNB, you will not get cheap AMD any more.
I don't know about that.
The OEM/pre built market is pretty lucrative. The Llano and Bobcat will cover that (although I think there might be a bit of product cannibalization there). BD I'm not sure what to say but we'll see what happens in a few weeks.
They'd probably still have to compete on price even if they have a better product. Remember the Athlon64 days? They had a better product then but Intel was still beating them in market share and computer penetration. So much that Intel has become a household name and people will buy Intel over AMD because "it's Intel so must be good". It was basically one of those "get them while they're young" things.
I honestly know people who will not buy AMD because "it's slow" (admittedly yes it is now, but it wasn't back in the A64 and Intel anti competitive tactic days), when what they even do doesn't require an i5-750 (or better).
Case in point, my dad (last year) could have gotten an Athlon II 6xx system for like a quarter of the price he paid for his 1156 i7-860 (and I think he got a 5770 in there as well for whatever reason). Now what does he do on this new system? Taxes, Outlook, Adobe Reader, Word, Excel, CAD. Admittedly CAD is somewhat computationally intensive but I can run CAD on the old Pentium4 system in the house and when I was in school IIRC we were using C2D E4xxx and integrated graphics to manipulate and create CAD drawings. He can do what he wants with his own money, he works hard for it so should enjoy it but he could have bought something better (from a price/performance perspective) and totally could have taken the old 7600 (and have gotten me to softmod it into a Quadro FX560).Edited by Amor - 5/22/11 at 1:25am