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Old 02-23-2013, 11:00 AM   #1
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AMD considered a business risk

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Old 02-23-2013, 02:00 PM   #2
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I can't even remember the last time I considered buying an AMD anything. And thanks to crummy driver support, I passed on the ATI cards as well.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:24 PM   #3
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AMD got a little to big for their boots (and/or got caught up in some corporate back handing). Back in the day their processors rivaled Intel at a fraction of the cost, but that went to their heads and now they have put a premium of their prices which doesn't compete very well against Intel offerings. Then they went and bought ATI and their (AMD) philosophy was carried over to ATI.

These days AMD offer products that are close to, but not quite as good as, Intel and nVidia products, but they are asking people to pay the same, or more, for them. Coupled with some bad driver support for the graphics cards it's no wonder people are turning away from them. It's sad really, I used to always compare all products when buying, regardless of manufacturer. Now I immediately go for Intel processors and nVidia graphics cards.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:19 PM   #4
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Well back in the day, Intel chips also used to cost $800. Intel is now very affordable and competed extremely well in AMD's core market segment. But the competition worked, it got the prices down.

Which is why I want AMD to continue to succeed. They force Intel and Nvidia to remain competitive. But their problems are difficult for sure.
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Agree with you on the CPU front.. But ATI/AMD still do some of the best value graphics cards, with similar speed cards from ATI being a lot cheaper than the nVidia offering.

But, as you say, the real kicker is the driver support. They almost just need to get rid of what they have, and start again from the beginning. There are too many 'legacy' bugs that seem to be built in to the drivers.
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:08 AM   #6
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Drivers were always my problem. I have a 4670 in my entertainment computer. The drivers on the CD work just fine with the Blu-Ray player, but if I install an ATI driver update, my player says I have insufficient hardware. I mean, seriously? Sometimes I wonder if they purposely did it to force you to buy a new video card.

When the 8600GT was there, I NEVER had a problem with any drivers.
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