This is right. People need to stop trying to rewrite history with the whole AMD/Intel thing. AMD has always been a budget brand, while Intel has always been about performance. AMD has had some great processors in the past, but not enough to change their role in the industry. They've always been budget. One socket A chip 10 years ago doesn't change things lol.
Maybe they're trying to get the real enthusiasts with this one. Not a crazy thought.
It was not long ago that AMD ruled the roost either.. although 2 years in PC is a LONG time. So if you are a tweenager, you probably have no clue.
Yes Intel has always had something going on, well.. not in 939 days... AMD rode that arch into the ground though... AM2 and AM3 are both K8 archs. And AM2 was just a DDR2 example (when DDR2 sucked) of 939.
they were not any smarter with ddr3... except in waiting for it to be cost effective. I avoided DDR2 because it was slower in latencies and cost twice or more as much. With an IMC that is very important.
AM3 setups actually are good. (unlike AM2 IMHO) And offer everything intel does except straight 16 bit performance. (where it gets creamed) and does less so at 32 bit. 64 bit performance is very close though. Which makes sense since Intel leases it from AMD.
Could AMD make a huge jump in specs on this arch. Absolutely. Look at A64. so massive it took chipzilla a couple of years to come up with something equivalent and it was way overpriced when it did come out. MAD = budget. No not always.. XP was better than P4 for gaming.. A64 was better than p4 for everything.
Yes it has been a while.. but not always...
EDIT: I use both comapnies. Just 4 out of 6 of my machines are AMD. 4 of those AMD machines are built to one of an intel. Because prices are not just about chips, but chipsets. And AMD rules the motherboard market as well. (really $600 intel boards coming out on x58 NOW.. what are people smoking???)
Granted if it came with a free 20L dewar and one free fill up.. $600 might be an appetizing price... But it doesn't and you would need a good probe anyway since intel generally does not handle the cold well.
Edited by Neur0mancer - 4/25/11 at 5:27pm