quote:The speeches were concluded with a ceremonial "raising of the wafer"
quote:First, AMD has made some lousy processors in the past, far crappier than anything Intel could ever dream of.
quote:Anyway, in a totally nonrelated argument, I don't think it matters what the intentions of a company are.
quote:Whether it is sincerely concerned about consumers or contractually concerned about them, it doesn't make much of a difference in the short-term.
quote:...Intel will take the lead (of course, that's bound to happen with every product launch).
quote:No. Whatever is better for AMD is better for AMD. They do not care what is better for you
quote:Unfortunately, at its grand opening, Fab 36 is still a 90nm-only fab; throughout the next year, AMD will begin the transition to 65nm production. The first CPUs built at Fab 36 will be shipping in the first quarter of 2006, with the first 65nm chips leaving Fab 36 by the end of 2006.
quote:That's really disappointing and does indicate that AMD *is* significantly behind.
quote:Conroe/Merom/etc. are going to put up a hell of a fight. No one really knows yet (that can talk, at least) how the next gen Intel architecture performs
quote:Do you really think Intel is planning on just matching K8, though?
quote:Statements like "AMD is behind on manufacturing" are true, and sugar coating it doesn't do anyone any favors
quote:To me, Prescott looked like a bad design from the beginning. More pipelines (when Northwood already was too long) combined with higher cache latencies?
quote:I expect Yonah to basically equal Athlon X2 Toledo clock for clock, and in several instances beat it
quote:So what does AMD have planned for the near future?
quote:I'm not being anti-AMD or pro-Intel
quote:and since HT is really just used for the CPU to NB connection,
quote:Until we get fully 64-bit OS, drivers, and applications, 64-bit support does nothing. Vista will be best case scenario, I think, and really we need to have systems shipping with at least 4GB of RAM before I'm concerned. 2GB is still very high-end for the desktop, and only one typical application (Battlefield 2) shows real benefits. I suppose Photoshop users that like to open a bunch of large images at the same time will also benefit from 2GB of RAM. (I'll have to try that one of these days....)
quote:Which is better to drive? Pentium M, I guess. But not really for gamers - who are the equivalent of 4x4 offroad types or race car drivers, depending on perspective
quote:What costs more to make, Smithfield or Toledo?
quote:P4 vs. Athlon XP = P4 wins in performance, but costs more. (Don't try to sell me on a 3200+ actually beating or even matching a 3.2C, because it didn't.)
quote:PM vs. Athlon 64 = tie. Athlon 64 is often faster, but uses more power
quote:Yonah vs. Athlon 64/X2 = ?. I'm going to guess Yonah comes out ahead overall, but not by a huge margin