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Dell has since removed the above disclaimer from its website.

Dell directs customers to retail stores if they want AMD systems

AMD-powered Dell Vostro 1000
Dell says goodbye to AMD-based Inspirons on

It appears that the AMD-Dell relationship may soon be coming to an end – at least online. Dell was rumored for years to consider switching to AMD processors for its computers, but the company constantly denied the rumors.

Dell finally broke the news to the world in May of 2006 when it announced that it would sell AMD-based servers to the public. The company followed with AMD-based desktop and notebook computers.

All seemed to be well with the AMD-Dell partnership -- until now. Dell appears to be in the process of removing AMD-powered machines from its website. Although machines like the Latitude D531, Vostro 1000, and Optiplex 740 are still currently available online, Dell put this cautionary note at the top of the search page for anyone looking for an AMD system:

Shop for Dell computers with AMD processors in retail stores. See our retail partners for details.

Computers with AMD processors are not available online.

This move would be a big blow to AMD, which relished the opportunity to partner with a big-name OEM like Dell -- a company that it tried for years to crack.

Customers who wish to purchase AMD-based Dell machines in the future will instead have to go to brick-and-mortar stores like Best Buy, Staples, Wal-Mart or Sam's Club. Any exposure is better than none, but Dell derives the vast majority of its sales from its online business so AMD will clearly be missing out.

The news of Dell giving AMD the boot online couldn't come at a worse time for the Sunnyvale, CA-based company. AMD reported 2007 revenue of $6.012 billion and a net loss of $3.379 billion. AMD is still struggling with the remnants of its 2006 purchase of ATI -- ATI is also now worth 30% less than AMD's original purchase price.

Dell has also had a mixed bag of news in the past few months. The computer giant was able to slip past HP as the top computer marker in the U.S. for 2007. Dell commanded 31.4% of the U.S. market last year compared to 26.1% for HP.

On the other hand, Dell announced the decision to close its Canadian call center resulting in the loss of 900 jobs and close all 140 of its Dell Direct Store kiosks around the U.S.

Updated 2/8/2008
We recently spoke with a Dell representative Anne Camden who wished to clarify the recent happenings on Dell's website. First of all, Dell has since removed the "Computers with AMD processors are not available online" disclaimer from its website. Whether this was a slip-up on Dell's part remains to be seen.

Secondly, Dell Latitude, Vostro and Optiplex systems using AMD processors will continue to be made available on Dell's website.

Finally, AMD-based Inspiron notebooks will no longer be offered on Only the Energy Star 4.0 Inspiron 531 desktop lives on through Inspiron notebooks and the rest of the Inspiron desktop family will only be available from retail stores such as Wal-Mart and Staples.

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I, for one...
By bearxor on 2/8/2008 9:43:40 AM , Rating: 0
welcome this change. AMD systems have sucked for a while now and when I was a HP rep at BB I did everything in my power to steer people toward C2D or PentiumDC powered laptops.

I took the plunge myself and purchased a TL-58 HP notebook and had nothing but problems. Switched it out for a Acer T2310 notebook that cost a couple hundred dollars less and it smoked the Athlon.

It's a pretty sad state when your high-end processor barely competes with your competitors entry=level/mid-range product.

To those of you saying that AMD will come out with something to smoke Intel soon, I have to disagree with you. I believe Intel learned it's lesson. They'll never let AMD take that crown from them again and if AMD releases something that's significantly better than Intel, Intel will respond within 6-9 months, not 3-5 years.

RE: I, for one...
By JakLee on 2/8/2008 11:11:56 AM , Rating: 2
To those of you saying that AMD will come out with something to smoke Intel soon, I have to disagree with you. I believe Intel learned it's lesson. They'll never let AMD take that crown from them again and if AMD releases something that's significantly better than Intel, Intel will respond within 6-9 months, not 3-5 years

I don't think that is a valid point though. In this industry I am sure intel has a few tricks up its sleeve that it is not sharing yet to make sure it can react in case AMD or anyone who makes chips releases something crazy good.
In the computer field all it takes is 1 outrageous discovery and the whole thing can shift. I am not saying AMD has some super processor that runs on 9 gig 8 core with 64mb of cache per core & out performs the C2D by 123123%. But what I am saying is that R&D can find and make discoveries. Its drastically in intel's favor to make more discoveries as they have more money to spend. But ideas come from people and not always the ones who are making the most money. I think its always ignorant to say that just because someone is on top now that they will will always stay there & won't ever make a mistake again.
Even Via still makes processors, who is to say that while researching some low power design they accidentally discover an increase their speeds by 800% while cutting power usage by 200% and start releasing mainstream proccessors again?
What I am saying is simply this: A good idea may become a good implementation at any time. Intel would be smart to hold some cards close because they are the leader, In the event that any of the smaller companies that are out there find something in the future that changes the way we use computers they would have something to respond with. THAT is smart business and has nothing to do with WHO is currently making the best.

RE: I, for one...
By SlipDizzy on 2/8/2008 1:01:10 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with pretty much everyone on the fact that Dell missed out on the days where AMD was smoking Intel. But right now, AMD isn't doing much in regards to competition, at the moment, and there is no point in keeping them online.

I believe Dell will bring back AMD when AMD pushes out another "big thing." Although, I highly doubt they will ever "smoke" Intel again.

Either way is fine for me, I don't buy Dell PCs and I'll build a PC with whatever components are the best buy at the time.

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov

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