Originally Posted by infranoia
@Provost, appreciate your position but you are describing an idealistic capitalism, which does not take into consideration brand loyalty. People can be otherwise rational actors but still harbor a complete and total allegiance to a brand.
The only reason I can speak to this is that I have one in my family-- my brother absolutely, resolutely refuses to acknowledge AMD GPUs in any way, shape or form. He would rather plummet off the cliff with Nvidia than entertain, for one moment, that AMD has a compelling and competitive brand. As Blameless states, there are many on the Intel side as well.
That's the very definition of fanboy, and there is more than one example of them on these very forums. They confound idealized market forces completely.
Unfortunately this also describes most of the Best Buy and Fry's salespeople I've had the misfortune to interact with.
I guess I should have read Blamless' comments in the last paragraph regarding him running Intel/AMD more carefully, as well as his conclusion. But, my ADD added to my reading incomprehension, and after reading the first two paragraphs, which I did not agree with, I assumed
the rest was along the same lines, and I went right to the last two lines. You know what they say about someone who makes an ass
The bottom line is that I don't buy into the marketing pitch notion of "buy now, based on these benchmarks" and never mind what our track record is for support, and ignore that we are about to launch new products in a few months and will be conveniently EOl- ing you out. In other words, its very much caveat emptor, so everyone should do their own diligence and come to their own conclusion. I don't know how anyone can even suggest someone to buy a new product from a vendor now, without also informing the prospective buyer that hey by the way, new cards may be around the corner, so your decision, mr. buyer... , and here is our track record of support, etc...
In any event, you can categorize me as one of the not too informed CPU consumers, as i have never had any experience with an AMD CPU, other than knowing the market dynamic that resulted in Intel dominating after being sued for "incentivizing" OEMs, application developers, etc. to gimp AMD CPUs (well more or less, as I am just summarizing), And, the result has not been favorable for the consumers both in terms of price, and innovation, as Intel moved onto other "stuff" after getting a stranglehold on the consumer side. However, its great to see AMD coming back with Zen, and although I don't know too much about it just as yet, other than the basics, it seems like a promising product for the consumer segment. So , I am looking forward to switching out Intel with Zen, if the performance, support, etc is there (and I have no reason to believe otherwise at this time). I have always maintained that I view any seller (meaning company) of anything to me as a vendor, and have no issues trading out one for another, depending on who wants my business more, based on what's important to me as a consumer.Edited by provost - 2/27/16 at 2:53pm