Re: Advice on system purchase
On 10/29/2012 1:43 PM, Worrier Poet wrote:
On 10/29/2012 02:15 PM, Martin Steigerwald wrote:
Am Sonntag, 28. Oktober 2012 schrieb Stan Hoeppner:
On 10/28/2012 4:38 AM, Andrei POPESCU wrote:
On Sb, 27 oct 12, 22:27:30, Stan Hoeppner wrote:
Coming from a 2800+ which is a ~60 watt CPU, and given the fact
you'll never make use of more than 2 of those 8 cores, I recommend
a dual core AthlonII X2 @ 3.4GHz. I have the 3GHz model and the
2nd core is pretty much always idle, with primary core being idle
most of the time as well, as is everyone's.
Any opinion on a Core i3 (Ivy Bridge)?
I use and promote AMD exclusively. If everyone buys Intel then AMD
exits the x86 processor business. If/when that happens, Intel has no
competition and can and will do two detrimental things to the market:
1. Raise prices with impunity
2. Innovate at a lower pace, or stop innovating altogether
If enough people buy AMD then Intel has a strong competitor. This
keeps the marketplace healthy and keeps Chipzilla from becoming a
total monopoly WRT x86.
Granted. Thats the political reason.
Still I see nothing in AMD space that can compete with recent Sandybridge
/ Ivybridge processors in terms of computing power versus power
But I am happy to learn more.
I think that ARM will become interesting enough to have some competition
And I think AMD might have something nice to offer as competition to Intel
For powerful laptops and power saving desktops I think Intel
Sandybridge/Ivybridge is best bet currently - except for the political
At the same time, I have reservations about supporting AMD -- or more to
the point their subsidiary, NVidia -- when purchasing hardware. It seems
to me that Intel has been a better friend to FOSS than its competition.
I run my systems without proprietary software or firmware. Intel has
made that a lot easier for me. I like to reward them for that -- not
that any of those companies would ever notice whether or not I was a
customer. NVidia certainly didn't give a d*** about me when I was trying
to get support for three workstations running their most expensive
pro-sumer graphics cards. (And that was on Windows, as well as on
In case it hasn't been already pointed out, AMD and Nvidia are
competitors, not partners. AMD's subsidiary is ATI, who sell Radeon.