Research firm iSuppli released its global
statistics for the processor market. According to iSuppli, Intel holds a
massive 79.7% of the world’s processor revenues leaving AMD with 10.9% of the
global processor revenue.
When the revenue numbers are compared to Q1 2007, Intel’s revenue share in
the processor market has dropped by 0.7%. At the same time AMD has been able to
grow its share of the processor market revenue by 2.2%. According to iSuppli,
AMD’s gain is a sign that consumers are responding better to AMD products.
ISuppli estimates that about half of AMD’s growth in revenue market share
came at the expense of Intel and that the remainder came at the expense of the
smaller processor makers. ISuppli also says that average selling prices from
both Intel and AMD didn’t decrease in the first quarter of 2008 signaling that
price wars between Intel and AMD have stopped.
Between Intel and AMD the two firms hold 92.7% of the total microprocessor
market worldwide estimated to be worth about $286.5 billion in 2008. Despite
the weakened U.S. economy, computer sales are still going strong.
ISuppli reported recently that PC
shipments in Q1 2008 increased by 12.1% globally.
quote: In complex CAD systems you have a lot of complex 3D rendering to do, so it benefits from GPU quite a lot.
quote: Many older media production suites are CPU bound, but newer software like PowerDirector move from CPU to GPU in order to dractically increase media encoding speed. Do you use MS-DOS based software a lot so that you can criticize quad-core CPUs for not supporting your MS-DOS code properly? Think about it.
quote: Elaborate on server apps? Sure, no problem. nVidia sells GPGPU cards just for those servers. So if you wanna do computational heavy lifting on your servers - use CUDA with nVidia GPUs. You'll do your computations much faster on those GPUs compared to traditional quad-core CPUs.
quote: CPU horsepower is very beneficial as well
quote: that's as obviously easy of a choice
quote: So if Vegas supported only single-core CPUs, you'd criticize dual and quad-cores now, right? ;-) Just because Vegas doesn't understand what is multithreading?
quote: You're right, it's always easier to stay back and don't upgrade your hardware/software for as long as you can, but this somehow does not slow the progress down.