The slide above really puts AMD's focus into perspective. AMD is mostly interested in markets that have high annual growth rates. Looking above you can see that pretty much all of those categories with the exception of the client desktop are interesting for AMD. It's about time that AMD focused more on mobile and I don't believe that it's too late for the company.  Given all of our history as a community with AMD, it is sad to think that the high-end desktop CPU market won't be as important to the company going forward. It's likely the right decision for AMD but it's truly the end of an era.

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  • Mumrik - Friday, February 3, 2012 - link

    Some of us just feel that laptops (and tablets 10x so) make for pretty horrible user experiences...
  • Beenthere - Thursday, February 2, 2012 - link

    As AMD has proven their desktop CPUs are more than adequate for any mainstream and gaming applications and a good value also. If all you do is benchmarking you're missing the whole point of a PC. Thus AMD will still be providing exceedingly good performance and value in the desktop segment but also in many new revenue stream areas.

    No where has AMD stated they will not continue to delivery top flight desktop CPUs, no where so don't go off on a tangent.
  • frozentundra123456 - Thursday, February 2, 2012 - link

    Are you talking about the same AMD that I know?? They provide decent value in some segments but that is the best that can be said about them in the desktop field.
    Yes, their CPUs are adequate for most tasks, but why would I settle for something that is merely adequate when something even better can be had for a very similar price? And if you want top performance, AMD isnt even in the picture.
  • chillmelt - Thursday, February 2, 2012 - link

    Do you need a top of the line desktop CPU to browse efficiently? Do office work? Watch videos online? No, that can be done by a sub $500 machine with an AMD or Intel CPU. You're still deluding yourself that every point of benchmark results matter in the end. They don't. I don't care if my computer can't reach gagillionhurtz of processing speed if a quad core from AMD / Intel I3 will do just as well for what I need it to do. I don't care if my laptop can't reach 6+ in cinebench. Performance scores mean doodly squat for most tasks. If you're a desktop gamerhead, then okay. More power to you. You're a dying breed. If you're a professional graphics designer or engineer.... You know what? You can get a high end i7 laptop with a professional grade GPU and still do fine.
  • frozentundra123456 - Friday, February 3, 2012 - link

    You are totally missing the point of what I said. I would agree with you if AMD had a clear performance per dollar lead over intel. What I am saying is that Intel has superior CPU performance at the same price. So why would I purchase an AMD desktop CPU?

    I am view AMD APUs in laptops much more favorably, but in the desktop, they simply dont compete. And I am getting tired of those who continally excuse AMDs inferior CPU performance because it is "good enough".
    Why would you settle for "good enough" when better can be obtained for the same price?
  • chillmelt - Saturday, February 4, 2012 - link

    Everybody wants better performance. The performance gains however are RARELY used on an everyday setting. Today's average software can't keep up with hardware improvements over the past ~2 years. When, say 90% of software can actually utilize quad cores (IE browsers) then there will be a need for better processors. Since the trend nowadays are portable apps, these is more focus on power efficiency, since today's devices and computers aren't exactly starved for performance.
  • frozentundra123456 - Thursday, February 2, 2012 - link

    Oh I forgot to ask: What is the "top flight desktop CPU" that AMD is delivering now?
  • shriganesh - Monday, February 6, 2012 - link

    There are several times that I'd prayed to God when AMD was in crisis. The main reason is that if Intel was solely the performance king, it would jack up the prices to new levels! Now that AMD is officially off the performance CPU line, Intel would be more than happy jack up the prices once again. Now I'd been happier if AMD had gone bankrupt!
    But still I believe if any company that can challenge in CPU performance, it's AMD. Hope Read doesn't run the AMD aground!

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