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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
consumption ratio.

But I am happy to learn more.

I think that ARM will become interesting enough to have some competition
going on.

And I think AMD might have something nice to offer as competition to Intel
Atom CPUs.

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


the w

In case it hasn't been already pointed out, AMD and Nvidia are competitors, not partners. AMD's subsidiary is ATI, who sell Radeon.


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