Originally Posted by 2010rig
Originally Posted by Gnomepatrol
Didn't take long for someone to say this was AMD's fault lol. Do you really think they would be doing anything different? They have their performance line and their locked line. They separated the two and are making more money for doing so. If you want to be able to overclock you have to pay the premium, but you're right, this was AMD's fault for not providing competition. Not Intel just wanting more money.
He said Intel is only getting away with this
because of lack of competition.
If you look at the flip side, ALL FX CPU's are unlocked and overclockable because they need to be
in order to compete.
If Intel had solid competition, they wouldn't be getting away or even doing this
, get it?
Those are some large assumptions on your and his part. You are assuming Intel liked selling parts that would match surpass their other more expensive chips for far less. Think the i7 920 vs the 965. 920 msrp $284 and the 965 msrp $1000. The 920, especially the D0 stepping would clock to 4.2-4.4GHZ and give you the equal or better performance then the 965. We can go on and on with chips from 1156, 775, etc...
Fast forward to today, if this was the case still you would be able to buy an i5 3350P for $180 and overclock it to match or outperform a 3570k $220 or the 4670k $240. Well that is not the case now, they locked the bus speed to the PCIE and USB which locked out bus overclocking. Now they can sell the chips for a premium to those that want them. Why not? If I was them I would do the same thing. I can produce these chips, which are the same, and charge more for them by having a locked multiplier on one and not the other. Good business move on their part.
Edit : The FX chips need to be unlocked to compete? FX 6300 can be had for a lower price than an i3 ($10-15)and the 8320 can be had for about 10$ more than the i3. Even if they were not unlocked (multiplier) you could still overclock via the bus. I fail to see your argument on this, if you can call it an argument.
Edit 2 : Right now you can get an 8320 for the same price as an i3 3220. Even if it was not overclockable I would take the 8320 over the i3, I am sure most people would. (Seller dependent prices vary among them)Edited by Gnomepatrol - 7/22/13 at 11:45am