Originally Posted by jlpurvis
they still can't perform quite like Intel.
They may not perform as Intel, but Intel has majority of the PC market that is close to near monopoly and you should learn some history about Intel to educate yourself. Intel was several times beaten by AMD so they started doing deals and rebates to their OEM's and shops if they delay the batch or stop using AMD's processors so by that they did huge damage to AMD and the PC industry that now suffers from effects of Intel's actions that broke antitrust laws in many countries and Intel got punished/fined, but that was pocket change... Thanks to Intel's dirty tricks that seriously affected the industry, many OEM's have gone bankrupt and many people lost their jobs in period from 1999-2007 and that launched the decline of PC market and was one of the factors that boosted economic crisis that started in 2008.
AMD is on the same level or beating Intel in some areas so they can compete, Intel's "APU"s are weaker than AMD's and we see that AMD that has inferior technology and its fabless is beating Intel couple of times.
Did you forgot the reign of all mighty Athlon, AMD once hold 25% of PC market and it was a much smaller company then Intel. Now ARM is in similar position and I would not be a suprise if Intel does the same thing and accelerate the degradation of the PC industry, ARM and AMD are only hopes against Intel monopoly... nVidia did similar thing against 3DFX and then they bought it.