Originally Posted by Lelouch
Going to have to disagree with you here. Without ATI, where would their platform and offerings be? They would be relying on Nvidia. AMD can stand on their own feet for once and be nearly self sufficient. The ATI purchase was a good thing, as their graphics cards have sold well recently.
Who needs a platform? AMD, ATI, nVidia and Intel all did very well making their own parts, and the platform consisted of a mixture of parts from these vendors. Sometimes, things are better left as they are. ATI may be doing better than they did around the release of the 2900XT, but certainly not as good as they were doing during the X1900 era as an independent company. I would have had no problem if AMD had bought ATI and left them to their own thing, like OCZ did with PC Power & Cooling. But no, they had to lay off a fair portion of their design team, cut costs everywhere, and hinder GPU development. Look at the disaster the 2900XT was. And now the GPU market has stagnated, and instead of getting any real new GPUs, we are just getting die shrinks (G80 --> G92/R600 --> RV670) and cards with two GPUs slapped together (8800GX2, 3870X2).
If the RV770 doesn't deliver, we may have to wait for Intel to put some spark back into the GPU market. I don't have anything against ATI or AMD, I just think the timing and decisions made were very poor. I really would like to see ATI produce something of the caliber that the X1900 series was again.