Originally Posted by trueg50
I am talking about way back when AMD was hyping up its "3.0 ghz" Phenom, and the hype back then. There is no doubt that a Phenom is a decent improvement over the older K8's.
I can see what you're saying, and I just want to point out that really Intel is no different. When they demoed an "insanely overclocked nehalem"
, they wouldn't even reveal the speed it was running at. Why? Either it won't be launched at or close to that speed or it just wasn't that impressive. They also "wowed" people with impressive loading times that have a hell of a lot more to do with the SSD drives in RAID than the actual processor. They just need something to get people to buy it since it's really a server chip on a desktop platform. IIRC, the Phenom demo was of it encoding a video while simultaneously playing back a Blu-Ray movie (I could be thinking of something else here, this is coming straight from memroy). Like the Nehalem demo, this really has little to do with the actual processor's performance since while it's busy with the encoding, the work associated with the Blu Ray was offloaded to the HD2900XT it was paired with.
So yes, both companies were/are trying to generate hype to build up for a launch and I don't think there's anything wrong with that for either side. Both companies, I think, give reasonable and accurate performance expectations, but I think the problem with "overhyping" is more that people will take the numbers that are given out of context rather than Intel/AMD actually inflating numbers.Edited by darkcloud89 - 6/24/08 at 7:39pm