Originally Posted by Heavy MG
Well i apologize for saying that,however, I think it would take AMD too long to really make a impact (to make up for the R&D spent on BD,and to make a decent amount of profit) in the mobile or mainstream market,with the way Intel pushes their sales,especially now with their gen 2 core CPU's. I'm sure AMD spent quite a lot on BD,they cannot afford to fail with it.
Maybe,but if BD is only 10% faster than SB,while being more expensive,even more people will jump ship for Intel. Although, SB isn't a "enthusiast" CPU,only the <$900 1366 980X and other Extreme CPU's are. Bulldozer is said to be a true enthusiast processor.
Here's what you don't understand about this business. If you want to make up your R&D investment, you need a killer part at ~$150-200.
A high end part takes significantly longer to pay of the R&D. This business is about volume.
If we captured 100% of the 980X market it wouldn't make a dent on the the R&D spend.
But 2% of the $199 market would probably pay for the part 5X over.
I don't know squat about overclocking, but I know a lot about the economics of this business and almost everyone on the internet is 180 degrees from how things really work.
High end processors are a suck on your bottom line, this is a business that is tied to quick ROI and keeping fabs fed. High end parts create more waste and lost opportunity cost. And, they don't help sell things down the stack.