but its not as disparate when you test on neutral software.
Ok... So when the "neutral" software is catered to the CPU, then it's neutral?? AMD KNEW what programs would be used to test the X86 power of the chip. Review sites have been using the same software for well over 3 years now. It's not like the review sites said "in order to screw AMD, we're going to change our test software at the last minute to favor Intel". Review sites are there for a reason. If AMD didn't like the way the sites conduct their test reviews, then maybe they shouldn't have sent them the sample chips in the first place.
Improved earnings was why the shares went up
Yeah AMD is gonna get hammered in that new $350 pc/laptop market come christmas.
As to the high end market, what all 50 buyers ?
You do realize that by "high end market" i'm including the FX-8102 + 8150 in there as well, right?? AFAIC, anything over 200 for a CPU is high end. So i'd be surprised if less than 50 people purchased new rigs this winter.
Yes, improved earnings are why AMD improved. You'll notice that the stock took a nose dive upon the announcement of the delay of the new FX processors in late august, and then again when the cpus were actually released to the public earlier on last month. The reason that the stock is rebounding is because they have resolved their supply chain issues regarding their fusion CPUs with TSMC.
And that's for you to decide?? Since when are you the all knowing?? And even if I wasn't, that automatically disqualifies be from making a comment about what I view as price to performance value in regards to AMD?? Yeah, ok...
I have a X4 955 that I run in my server right now. It's great for it's job, but it gets thrashed by my 2500k. I was going to upgrade to bulldozer, but it just didn't impress me. Why would I throw away money on something inferior just to stay with a particular brand?? That's ridiculous.
After they had initially lowered them to make SB cpu's more price competitive in reviews.
Well yeah... AMD pulled the wool over everyone's eyes on Bulldozer. Intel tried to take as much steam out of the sails of bulldozer as they could by lowering price. Little did they know that they didn't need to do anything. They could have raised prices even more if they wanted since AMD flat out lied to customers.
There's a reason chief investors say these things about AMD as a company.
"Credit Suisse ladles out the sour punch, calling AMD “a trade-able stock, still not an investible company:”
"Bank of America Merrill Lynch says AMD did fine, but it still prefers Intel and keeps its “sell” rating on AMD:"
"Oppenheimer was similarly unimpressed, saying the stock has already run far enough:"