Originally Posted by RiverOfIce
2.) There is no harm to the market, because AMD is irreverent.
Not really sure what that even means. How about I give some of my theories.
First off, no AMD would be terrible. Most of you are too young probably to remember back in the day when Intel was the only chip in town that mattered with their Pentiums (1st generation)
Anyway, you want to know what happens when there is no competition? It is much like cable TV. You pay what they ask for, for a clunky interface, with hundreds of channels that you don't want, with all these commercials you don't want to see. This is rhetorical, please bear with me.
I love AMD, I ain't gonna lie. I have been powering my rigs with them since forever. Owned Intel too. Can I honestly say there is a big difference? Not really. The funny thing is that I replaced an old socket 939 Athlon 4800+ last year. I had striped 10k hdd to eliminate i/o bottleneck to storage, and a couple other tweaks. My computer at home was always snappier that my brand new Intel Xeons I got at work, but my work also puts all that crap lockdownware with services out the ying yang running. Any way, my main point is this.
Build a bunch of Intel and AMD machines. Do a blind study and have people use them, play games, whatever, and then see if they can tell the difference between AMD and Intel. Now, of course, everyone will be able to probably guess the $5000 machine with the thousand dollar processor. Maybe. Of course, no one would be allowed to use any bench marking software, or FRAPs or anything. Just common work day tasks. That would be interesting to see the results. Anyway.
One of my main theories about AMD bashing, which I know sounds conspiracy-ish, is to realize the fact that AMD is and has always been one of the most shorted stocks out there. Right now there are close to 150 million shares short. That means, people have "borrowed" 150 million shares of AMD and sold them on the open market and put the cash in their pocket. Yes, without every owning the stock, they sold shares of AMD and simply used a margin account to back such an action. Now, they are paying interest on those shorted stocks, and will have to pay those shares back, in the form of shares. However, if AMD goes bankrupt, they get to keep all the money in their pocket! Let's just say they borrowed 100,000,000 million shares of AMD at the $8.00 price point and sold them. Effectively, if AMD goes bankrupt, they just pocketed $800 million dollars. If AMD does not go bankrupt, they still buy the stock back, but at today's discount rate of $2.00 a share and pocket the difference. Sorry for the rant about short sellers, but back to my main point.
There is a lot of money at play here. I have some theory that these AMD capitalist pig short sellers spam the forums and comments sections everywhere to try and push public opinion of young 20 somethings into actually believing AMD is a garbage CPU,APU,GPU, company, etc. Yes, it is very true they cannot keep up with Intel on the benchmark edge of society. They might be a year behind, or two, who knows. They are doing pretty damn good if you ask me, when compared to the resources Intel has.
Anyway, I buy AMD for the same reason I go to a mom and pop hardware store instead of Walmart. I can walk into the mom and pop, have a good conversation, wish them good will, and be on my way. Does Walmart need my money? No. Does the mom and pop? Yeah.
So, Intel is a fine processor, and at any given moment, is on the technological edge. Is AMD honestly that far behind? No, they are not. What is more important to system performance, incrementally higher IPC or an SSD? A $200 CPU or a $700 GPU solution?
Bottom line, AMD is not this irrelevant garbage hipsters want to believe.