Hasn't Intel pretty much had a monopoly on the desktop market since summer 06, Conroe? Only market since then AMD has participated in is "bargain basement budget" builds. Anyone with common sense and an understanding of the tech market has went Intel ever since the E6600 debuted. To explain, for example, when I bought my i5 I could have got a 965 BE for 165 dollars. For another 30 bucks I got a chip that's faster at (or near) stock than the 965 is overclocked (don't tell me otherwise - I own both and know it to be fact), used ~30-50 watts less power, had better SATA potential, and was SLI compatible. (The latter isn't an argument these days, since the 990x chipset). It doesn't take rocket science to determine which chip will remain a viable platform for the longest time.
Of course there were times an AMD system was a better build for a certain persons' specific needs. However, those were few and far between because Intel usually did it a lot better and for only pennies more. 30 dollars more for a CPU out of a ~1400 dollar PC build is NOTHING. Now that the Phenoms have dropped to around 100 bucks they're a better buy but SB is worth the difference. It will last -much- longer.
Their share of the server market has equally been dwindling. From ~20% back in 05-06 to ~5% now.
Originally Posted by Licht
I hope Intel likes getting sliced up into several pieces.
Yeah, cause that would be great for us PC enthusiasts.
No one producing quality x86 CPUs.Edited by pursuinginsanity - 11/29/11 at 1:01pm