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i would expect prices to NOT go down..that's for sure..
 
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>Implying AMD is Intel's only competition
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This is just one example of how unregulated capitalism leads to monopolies.
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Even though there is little competition, they can't just come to a screeching halt. Lets say that hypothetically AMD went out of business and Intel was left as the only x86 maker. If they just completely stopped designing new chips, their costs would go down and profits would go up... as long as sales held. But after a certain point, their sales would start to go down as, if there is nothing better, there is no reason to buy anymore. If you bought a computer and 5 years later there is nothing better, you don't need to buy again. And thus Intel would come to a screeching halt.

Short term they would make more money, but long term they need to make their previous tech outdated to "force" people to buy from them again. A large portion of their sales are workstation and server computers, as they are unrivaled in pure performance right now. Those computers are upgraded a lot more than the average household computer or mid range gaming computers, as they demand a lot more performance and they make money from that computing performance.
    
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Those computers are upgraded a lot more than the average household computer or mid range gaming computers, as they demand a lot more performance and they make money from that computing performance.
But isn't that kind of scary for the server/work station owners and the businesses that depend on them? As well as their customers? For us, w/e we can't overclock more than our already super overclocked computers, big deal. But for those people they have so much hanging in the balance on good tech like you said, and intel can simply decide not to provide more since they have no other competitor anyway. And that could have implications world wide since every business uses computers. This can potentially slow down technological and economic growth on a larger scale than we can imagine.

And they don't need to completely stop R&D, they can just slow it down by a lot and not come to a screeching halt. Like apple does with their ipads and iphones. Add like a few more features and charge $500 bucks each time.
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This is just one example of how unregulated capitalism leads to monopolies.
Not to start an argument or anything but how would government regulation help AMD's R&D department..? THEY are the ones that messed up and, instead of moving to terminate what they had to have known was a faulty design path, released BD anyway to less than stellar initial reviews.

Monopolies imply unfair trade/business practices. Having your competition release what appears to be a crap cpu doesn't really fit that scenario.

AMD just stumbled and hopefully they'll chop off a few heads and get back into the fight.

But, realistically, and business-wise, now's the time for Intel to belly punch AMD and grab more market share.
 
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