Originally Posted by SCollins
Thats not really the problem, its that allot of applications are optimized for the intel uarch, and intel invests big money to keep it this way. they also have the dominant market share, which doesn't help matters. AMD chips benchmark and perform much better with non windows based OS's, and gee, maybe its becuase Intel can't strangle hold the foss community.
EEEEhhhhhhhhhhhhhh that argument is hard to make. When phenom came out, it actually was an extremely solid CPU. Despite intel having the software advantage, the AMD performed well, was priced well, and did well in the market. It was only when the company was doing poorly that they ended up doing the worst thing they possibly could have done, and that was to take funding out of R&D which turned the bulldozer series from being a good chip....to a crappy chip. (Fun business fact: If you own a business that is facing financial burden, you NEVER EVER EVER EVER take money out of R&D. If you are rich, pay money out of your pocket to avoid the failure of the company. Why do something so crazy? Well if you take money out of R&D and you are trying to sell stuff that comes FROM R&D, then your secret projects will fail and you will be forced to sell crap. This will further cripple your business, and lead to your demise. )
As soon as they touched that money, it was the end of AMD. So really the performance issues with AMD stem from morons who have no clue on how to run a tech company rather than any software based issues.