Originally Posted by sdlvx
The problem with that is that no one upgrades, sales slump, and then analysts run around saying the sky is falling and that the desktop is dying.
Intel should be well aware right now that their small increases in performance is leaving a lot of users on CPUs that are several years old that would have upgraded. I've heard the Intel monopoly on good performance justified by people saying that Intel would just compete with themselves or sales would slow, but what we're seeing is Intel not competing with themselves and sales slowing. You can blame it on AMD not competing or Intel getting over-content with their products but I feel it's both.
The question on my mind is that I forget how Intel responds before it's about to release something. Are they like AMD where they're quiet before they release something good and loud if it's going to suck or the opposite?
I really just seem to remember them being loud about everything but I guess it boils down to the details.
It's neither honestly. I've ran the same Phenom II for 4 years, going on 5 this summer (once it turns 4 hehe). So what's my excuse? Well, no real software push to upgrade. I haven't seen anything but C3 make me cry inside.
Granted, in a way I wish that my system was an Intel but... Well, I'm not sure about how things are going to turn out. I'm waiting on a few things . I want to know if Intel picks up the pace on threading, mainly due to how this next gen of consoles is going to influence things.
Back to the topic of Intel, nobody is really making them require huge advances. It's not even AMD being so "crappy", it's more so towards a huge stall in development work which I blame on developers. The main reason I think they do it, is because they can. For that, I blame consumers for continuing to buy such crappy games as PC gamers. Very few "light" resource based games are worth it, otherwise as a PC gamer I refuse to buy a game that doesn't even touch my system. That also means on the console end either, unless it's THAT good. A few are, sure, just not the number we've allowed.