Why Start a War When You Don't Need to?
January 22, 2007 2:01 PM
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Why did AMD and Intel start this most recent price war? They did a good job of wounding themselves in the process
In early 2006 when Intel announced its new architecture there was wide expectation that prices would stay constant at launch – Intel was expected to drop pricing only on the Pentium 4 architecture to clear out excess “sell-proof” inventory. In the meantime AMD already won a number of design wins throughout the industry, and it also had plans to finally tip the scales within Dell who (at the time) was a 100% Intel operation. Other than potentially losing the performance crown in the high end sliver, things were looking
So, imagine if you will the scenario where AMD and Intel both have equally compelling “good enough” products for the mainstream, and Intel is winning the performance game – this, in a nutshell, is where we sit today.
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You are forgetting one thing:
1/23/2007 5:59:01 PM
Price wars are great for the consumer. Intel has the crown right now in both the top performance and performance-per-dollar categories. This in perfect timing to take advantage of all the people who will upgrade their computers in time for Windows Vista. Local computer shops don't even bother trying to sell AMD anymore, they just mention how the $280 Intel outperforms the $400 AMD, and they are selling like hotcakes. The fact that you can buy a new computer for under $1500 with very respectable performance will entice many more people to buy, and boost Intel's earnings.
RE: You are forgetting one thing:
1/26/2007 3:13:36 PM
For under $1500
Right now, for $1000 you can get a great machine including a 19" 16:9 LCD monitor. You just have to find the distinction between what you crave for and what will actually be useful. Any graphics card over $200 is a waste of money for anyone on a small budget who doesn't take gaming seriously (I know many people may have other uses for GPUs, but those shouldn't be restricted by a small computer budget to begin with).
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