Originally Posted by Darkpriest667
I think most of them (always exceptions) love whoever will give them the best performance. We love AMD because they would give it to us at a reasonable price. Now that they are out of the enthusiast area of CPU manufacturing that's really hurt a lot of us. I can't even afford to buy an enthusiast level CPU anymore because AMD simply WILL NOT compete.
I don't exactly think that's true, until the software catches up again even AMD still does everything people need. The only exceptions are those that want to flaunt around synthetics. That's all and dandy, just isn't really a big deal. A few applications favor Intel, something like RTS or the ungodly unoptimized Skyrim. Outside of professional work and niche markets, games/media run fine on AMD hardware. What's that? Vishera competes with Intel on Crysis 3? Hmm, odd?
Having Intel is about two things, either you want the "best" hardware or you just don't want to upgrade as often. While the first is a bit self indulging, the latter might save you money down the road. Key might, on that term I'd accept the person's views. On the term of "Intel beats AMD", you are just being one of those stat freaks.
I don't consider Intel the only enthusiast level components honestly, they are just the better team. A person who strives to get the best performance out of their games/applications can still do that with AMD. They just can't flaunt synthetics about, at least not the majority of synthetics. They can still do everything an "enthusiast" does, so they aren't exactly "out" of the market. Wouldn't call them out of the market until they stop designing chips that do everything a top end enthusiast needs.
Bluntly, you don't have to have the best hardware to be an enthusiast. Just like hackers aren't all software, it's a misnomer.