Originally Posted by PostalTwinkie
AMD will, if it happens, be saved by Zen and amazing showing from Polaris. As the points people keep preaching are actually extremely weak.
I think AMD's GPUs, even if I ignore DX12 and any other platform than PC, are largely underrated and have a depressed market share, not for technical hardware or software reasons, but largely because of presentation and timing. Across the majority of segments the hardware is sound, and most driver issues are greatly overstated.
However, it's pretty clear that AMD has an uphill battle ahead of them as far as public perception goes. Because of perceptions forcing them to undercut prices more than they otherwise would be required to, and because of less focused architectures, their margins are almost certainly lower than NVIDIA's, which will make things even more difficult.
So, I think you are probably right here. Zen and Polaris will have to be more than just vaguely competitive, they will have to be downright impressive.
Originally Posted by xzamples
who do you guys think will buy out amd? microsoft / google / samsung / intel / nvidia? lol
Having a much stronger x86 competitor is not in Intel's best interest, nor is buying AMD and being branded a monopoly.
NVIDIA probably isn't large enough to be able to buyout AMD without crippling themselves in the process, and they likely don't want to be viewed as a monopoly either.
The other options all seem more plausible, but I don't really expect AMD to be acquired outright anytime soon.