Originally Posted by BallaTheFeared
I had two Intel systems before going with the i5-2500k, a Pent 3, and a Pent 4. Both were bought by my mom, and when I was old enough to work I replaced the Pent 4 with a 3500+ I bought using my own money. Since then outside of laptops I haven't owned another Intel desktop chip until this i5.
I don't know what's sadder, the fact that AMD might fall out, or the fact that some AMD users are so wrapped up they can't see the writing on the wall. AMD is way behind in the desktop market, and have been for years. Bulldozer may have been AMD's last best hope and it's clear to everyone except the die hards that it failed.
This is bad news for everyone, even the Intel fans, and even worse for those of us who desire more power. If AMD gets out of the game, the only competition Intel will have in the market I'm in is themselves. Which means higher prices, and lower performance gains each gen.
Same here, once I was able to start buying my own hardware every desktop proc I bought for myself was AMD. I've built Intel systems for friends that hated anything that wasn't intel because they had never heard of amd.
I've owned several pc's that I didn't pay for, and several I have, and they've all been AMD systems with the exception of our old 386 and 486.
Back in the Athlon XP/64 days AMD was wiping the floor with Intel.
And reading what you said gave me fond memories of the Athlon 64 days, I think you remember that infamous time when the 939 A64 3*** was out performing intel's $1000 EE proc.
As for right now, it comes down to extensive benchmarks since there's multiple cores, multi-threaded apps/games, and so many different varieties of architecture.
Regardless, listening to mods and people on this forum and going with this 2500k + OC setup blew my mind and was a solid decision considering I had an Athlon II X4 630 setup before this, all I really want now is another 570. The only hindrance I'll run into for the next year or 2 is a giant jump in Vram usage, and BF3 is already doing that, I'm glad I still don't have the 1gb 560ti, though some crazy powerful 560ti's are about to come out which almost seem like 570's.
I think AMDs dying, there's nothing else to say about it. While I'm sure they'll continue making procs because they can, they're clearly not going to make anything that will amaze anyone or offer better performance, which honestly does mean Intel will relax. But at the very least their might be competition in the mid-range proc market, which I think might be dominated by Intel since they'll continue making amazing procs which will cause previous ones to drop in price, I mean, the i5-2500k is down to 180 now, you simply can't beat that.