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.


  1. PimpmasterF - January 24, 2010 8:33 am

    Well lets see.….About 6 years I was in my first year of col­lege and the 64bit CPU was very new and seemed to be the best around. And then Intel upped the ante and in just a few short years took over the mar­ket, I think AMD couldve avoid­ed such an over take or com­pet­ed a bit more aggres­sive­ly but they still put out good stuff, and I think with the Phe­nom II they have retak­en much glo­ry and are well on their way to rival­ing Intel on raw per­for­mance. Although to be hon­est with bud­get not being a fac­tor I would definel­ty build an Intel sys­tem right now, One: cuz I want to try some­thing new, nev­er had an Intel. and Two: cuz the i7 seems to be top CPU right now in terms of per­for­mance and over­clock­a­bil­i­ty.

  2. DeathProof - January 24, 2010 5:53 pm

    Yea, I’m sure with cost not being a fac­tor, either CPU would rock, and does. I’m just glad that there are 2 com­pa­nies that are fierce­ly com­pet­i­tive for our busi­ness, oth­er­wise we might have a Microsoft type monop­oly on our hands again, where they can basi­cal­ly can do what­ev­er they want.


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