Originally Posted by formula m
Or, is it that people buy cpu for past games..?
Look at the leaked specs for next gen consoles; they will all have 2-4 core CPUs as far as we know. Most games are developed for all platforms simultaneously and optimized for all of them, and so as you can see; even in the foreseeable future, only a very few games will develop support for six cores, let alone eight or ten.
Originally Posted by JCPUser
In every day apps PHII/Core2 IPC is MORE than enough.
AMD is betting on things become more visual and GPU heavy in the future. They are also betting on college kids gaming on cheap boxes/laptops. Finally, they are hoping GPU compute picks up for everyday apps like browsers.
Intel is just continuing with what has worked and is forging ahead with single thread IPC and delivering a barely serviceable IGP.
1. Well, as an example, my friend has a Core 2 Duo MBA, and I just got a SB i5 MBA, the difference is astonishing, programs launch faster, OS X and Win 7 boot faster, encoding takes less time, processing is faster (in Word, in Photoshop, in Aperture, and virtually EVERY other program), and the whole computer is snappier. Now, the Core 2 generation has a similar single threaded performance when compared to Phenom IIs, and as you can see a faster processor makes a huge difference, even for the average consumer.
2. AMD's APUs although impressive, will not change much; an Intel SB i3 + a GT 525M is offered at the same price as the A8 Llano, and walks all over it, same with the A6 (which is only slightly cheaper).
3. Also, most people favor a stronger processor to a better GPU. Simply compare the large amount of office workers, businessmen, and multimedia encoders [people who specifically need CPU power] to the limited amount of PC gamers [group where GPU power is more important]. You'll see that for the vast majority of people Intel HD 3000 is more than enough, and that gamers on a budget are essentially the only people directly benefiting from Llano.Edited by born2bwild - 7/25/11 at 8:36pm