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. 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.

  2. 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.


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