Originally Posted by rui-no-onna
Unfortunately, they do. I reckon quite a number of Intel systems have been bought by people who don't know any better because they asked their friendly, neighborhood "tech guru": Who makes faster processors? More often than not, there's no added disclaimer that in the lower end of the price spectrum, AMD chips are both cheaper and faster than competing Intel products.
By the way, I highly doubt anyone looking to buy $500 processors are "processor unaware" (unless Accounting buys stuff without consulting IT).
Well, as someone who has been on the sales and marketing end for the last 20 years, I think I am going to have to disagree on your first statement. The reason I disagree is the the vast majority of the PCs that are bought are bought with the following criteria (in order): 1. budget 2. manufacturer 3. HD size 4. monitor 5. memory 6. etc.
When consumers shop for PCs the first thing they look at is price. They tend to buy from manufacturers that they know. They tend to know how much "stuff" they have to store and they can look at the monitors. The problem with CPUs is that a.) they don't understand all of the models and b.) the technology is too hard for them to understand. They tend to ask questions like "will this run xyz..."
I know that all of the tech guys would like to believe that they have this overwhelming power over the non-tech world, but the reality is that once you hit the shop, the sales guy has all of the power. And he is going to sell you whatever he thinks will get you out the door the fastest with a box under your arm (trust me, I have been in those shoes.)
Try this, walk into a store that sells intel and AMD. Hold cash in your hand so he can see it. Tell them that you want to buy a desktop with an AMD processor. Then ask him "will this be fast enough to run xyz...." and see what the answer is.
A processor is a component on the overall system, when consumers go to buy there are far bigger things going on.
On your second one point, the people who buy $500 processors are not "processor unaware." Those are the aware guys and they shop for the best performance in their price range.