January 22, 2010
How has AMD Up’d its game in the past 6 years?
There is an interesting discussion going on over at http://www.tomshardware.com/news/AMD-Intel-anti-competitive-Henri-Richard,9441.html , apparently a former AMD executive stated about 6 years ago that if he did not work for AMD he would not choose to use his own companies processors. Wow, now in technology terms, 6 years ago is a hella long time. And his intentions were not clear at the time, but it does bring up an interesting thought. Has AMD come to its own now in a way that really rivals Intel? How far have they come in the past 6 years, and if a gamer could buy a top of the line gaming rig with price not being factored, would they choose AMD or Intel? This last Christmas I upgraded my rig, and put in an AMD Phenom II 3.2 GHz Quad core, with a ddr3 compatible Mobo and 4 Gigs of DDR3 at 7–7‑7 timing and my older NVidia 8800 GT. And so far so sweet, screaming eagles on all the games I own and no problem to play at full throttle graphics : ) The processor I had before was a single core AMD chip that was donated to me by a certain soundman, and for its limitations it served me well. But I would like to know what you think about how AMD has evolved and how far it has come since ummmm, about 6 years ago.