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AMD benefitting from Intel's $1B mistake

Intel must be the gift that keeps on giving to AMD. In late 2009, Intel was forced to pay AMD $1.25B for its years of monopolistic behavior in the processor market. Now, AMD is benefiting directly from Intel's Series 6 (Cougar Point) chipset woes

In late January, Intel explained that it had uncovered a SATA problem with Cougar Point that could cause performance degradation over time. As a result, Intel stopped shipment of the affected chipsets, will take a charge of roughly $1B, and won't start shipping updated chipsets to its partners until later this month (volume shipments to customers will come later).

Not surprisingly, AMD is profiting greatly from Intel's gaffe according to Fox Business News. "We have some customers and retailers who have come to us specifically as a result of Intel's chip problem," stated AMD exec Leslie Sobon. "Some retailers have had to take things off their shelves, so they call us to ask what they could get from our OEMs that's similar. And OEMs are asking us for product, as well." 

Fox Business News goes on to report that computer manufacturers that sell both Intel and AMD systems are coming to the latter to supply more processors/chipsets to make up for the shortfall due to the Cougar Point woes. 

AMD earlier this year unveiled its Fusion processors that feature onboard DirectX 11 graphics. AMD says that netbooks using the chipset will have over 10 hours of battery life.

AMD has also been in the news recently thanks to the ouster of Dirk Meyer as CEO. Meyer was removed from his position due to a lack of vision when it comes to mobile computing devices like smartphones and tablets.

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am3 sockets are not "backwards" compatable
By lenardo on 2/9/2011 9:46:48 AM , Rating: 2
am2 and am2+ sockets are FORWARD compatible if the bios gets updated to support the cpu

am2 sockets with the right bios should/will be able to run am2+ AND AM3 based cpu's

AM2+ boards with the right bios should/will be able to run both AM3 based cpu's and am2 cpu's

AM3 socket motherboards CANNOT run am2 or am2+ cpu's

the am3cpu & socket has 2 less pins, while the size of the pin layout is the same the socket itself has less pins so you cannot insert am2 or am2+ based CPU's

this coming from a guy who was an idiot last week and ordered an am2+cpu to go on an am3 board....

the computer upgrade is for my wife- its her birthday/V-day present

am3(now got the right cpu) phenom2 x4 chip, asus mobo
8gig ddr3 ram
64gig ssd- for OS and World of warcraft (wife, I, our kids all play)
500gig sata3(the 6gig spec) hdd for storage/programs other than the OS
windows 7 64bit
using an older ide dvdrw (it works great just IDE)
osz 500w modular power supply (had to install this upside down to fit)
video card, going to hybrid crossfire the amd hd4250 on the mobo with a amd hd5770 card.
in a thermaltake a90 case

RE: am3 sockets are not "backwards" compatable
By silverblue on 2/9/2011 9:55:11 AM , Rating: 2
video card, going to hybrid crossfire the amd hd4250 on the mobo with a amd hd5770 card.

I didn't know you could do that. Not only are they from two different graphics generations, but you need a similar or identical discrete card. Do check. In any case, with a 5770, I wouldn't bother with Hybrid CrossfireX as it wouldn't make the slightest difference.

RE: am3 sockets are not "backwards" compatable
By silverblue on 2/9/2011 10:00:16 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, I think you can Hybrid CrossfireX with an HD 5450 but nothing higher than that. I'll be pleasantly surprised if you can. :)

RE: am3 sockets are not "backwards" compatable
By lenardo on 2/9/2011 10:20:24 AM , Rating: 2
no worried one way or the other if i can or not, if it works it works if not, not.

biggest boost in computer performance should be the ssd.

(she already has the 5770 in her current computer.

By DanNeely on 2/9/2011 10:38:32 AM , Rating: 2
Even if you could I doubt it'd be worth it. Adding 40(?) SPs to 800 is a negligible increase and you'd have xFire overhead slowing everything down.

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