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Old 9th November 2015, 3:39 PM   #136
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No, because performance is not defined anywhere. It's the same old argument from the Ghz war days, just with cores.

With the move to arbitrary model numbers for SKU's and decreasing the emphasis on clockspeed, most people have realized it's a poor indicator. This just needs to happen with core counts also.

The formula to determine performance has become incredibly complex. The following all significantly affect performance:

-uArch IPC (Now not so easily identified with multiple, uARChs of vastly different IPC sharing the same name - e.g current Pentium lines)
-Base frequency
-Turbo frequency
-# cores
-SMT and associated scaling
-software thread count and scaling
-IGP type/performance

It is a mess, with no simple solution from a model naming and marketing pt of view

The only scenario where this would hold up, is if AMD launched their 8 core FX for a higher price than the outgoing 6 core, but with no MT performance advantage across a range of benchmarks. Or worse still, pitched it as an alternative to Intel's 6 core.

Whilst BD was disappointing, and was beaten by its predecessor on occasion in single / lightly threaded tasks, it did hold a sizable enough advantage in MT performance to justify its price.
You won't get any argument from me there - it becomes an even bigger mess when you take in ARM chips and SOC using the same terminology in sales literature. But once it gets to court it'll be muddied enough that AMD could have to go to appeal to get it thrown out. That's not the same as getting done, obviously, but it's cash that they really don't have to spare.

Hopefully it doesn't progress past initial hearings.
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Old 11th November 2015, 7:29 AM   #137
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But isnt that the exact problem they have, I want them around but im not a fan so i most likely will never ever buy them? Even if they developed a chips that beats Intel in every aspect and is cooler and cheaper by a few $$ people would still buy the Intel.

Without people like you going with AMD then they have no hope of making any difference, cause if Zen was the best CPU released in its time, and the Intel variants are slower but no one bought it because "It's AMD, i'm not a fan" and still make a loss then what was the point
But see there's the thing, if AMD were to produce a fundamentally better chip than Intel, I'd buy it. My basis for not being a fan of AMD is that they consistently put out inferior chips.
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Old 11th November 2015, 10:07 AM   #138
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But see there's the thing, if AMD were to produce a fundamentally better chip than Intel, I'd buy it. My basis for not being a fan of AMD is that they consistently put out inferior chips.
Inferior perhaps, but often not by much. And here's the important distinction between the two chip manufacturers, AMD is significantly cheaper for their products, across their entire range.
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Old 11th November 2015, 11:50 AM   #139
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But see there's the thing, if AMD were to produce a fundamentally better chip than Intel, I'd buy it. My basis for not being a fan of AMD is that they consistently put out inferior chips.
For me I am willing to sacrifice performance on a bang for buck level. If they can put out something that is not quite as good but from a cost point of view very good value I'd buy it. For me it's perceived value for dollar which is why I chose a R9 390 over a GTX970. Similar prices, similar performance, but more memory and better compatibility in the future with the 390. I lose on some aspects but I still have the better product for me. If AMD could produce something that is 90% of the performance of Intel's current offerings but at 25% less cost it'd be a no brainer for me.
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Old 11th November 2015, 9:47 PM   #140
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For me I am willing to sacrifice performance on a bang for buck level. If they can put out something that is not quite as good but from a cost point of view very good value I'd buy it. For me it's perceived value for dollar which is why I chose a R9 390 over a GTX970. Similar prices, similar performance, but more memory and better compatibility in the future with the 390. I lose on some aspects but I still have the better product for me. If AMD could produce something that is 90% of the performance of Intel's current offerings but at 25% less cost it'd be a no brainer for me.
I say , work out which games you play the most. which ones out of them are optimised red or green and go to which you want the visuals at best
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Old 21st November 2015, 12:17 PM   #141
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Perhaps Intel getting 2nd highest amount of 'corporate welfare' from US gov goes some way to explaining why Intel has so much $ for R&D? Even though the link is dated from March this year, I believe its still relevant...

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Old 21st November 2015, 10:07 PM   #142
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lol

Difficult fathom how Intel would have received subsidies but not AMD (or at least, so little they're on the list)

They managed to get 300M out of isreal though - they're good at it.
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Old 22nd November 2015, 11:14 PM   #143
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I kinda dislike how this is the top thread in the AMD subforum. AMD is not dead
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Old 22nd November 2015, 11:41 PM   #144
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but those subsides are for opening factories etc id AMD built more factories it would get more too lol.
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Old 23rd November 2015, 12:09 AM   #145
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but those subsides are for opening factories etc id AMD built more factories it would get more too lol.
Good point. Intel has /had far more fab's in the US over that time period
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Old 24th November 2015, 11:52 AM   #146
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but those subsides are for opening factories etc id AMD built more factories it would get more too lol.
Well they can't open more factories because of lack of money of which (to cut a LONG story short) is because the corporate playing field in US is not a level playing field (compared to Australia, at least).

Many years of dodgy & shifty business practices from Intel have made sure of that..
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I kinda dislike how this is the top thread in the AMD subforum. AMD is not dead
Yes, it is sad, but Intel is happy. If they had it their way, ALL the way, one vendor for the modular x86 market.. yeah that's real good for consumers right? not having a go at you, just sayng.

When they say jump, we say.. 'how high?'...

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Many years of dodgy & shifty business practices from Intel have made sure of that..
I think both Intel and AMD played the game.... Intel was better at it.
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I think both Intel and AMD played the game.... Intel was better at it.
I believe it is the concept of Capitalism at its worse, that is the game that Intel plays. Because in the USA, a monopoly isn't illegal.
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For me I am willing to sacrifice performance on a bang for buck level. If they can put out something that is not quite as good but from a cost point of view very good value I'd buy it. For me it's perceived value for dollar which is why I chose a R9 390 over a GTX970. Similar prices, similar performance, but more memory and better compatibility in the future with the 390. I lose on some aspects but I still have the better product for me. If AMD could produce something that is 90% of the performance of Intel's current offerings but at 25% less cost it'd be a no brainer for me.
Exactly. I'm not looking for a chip that'll slay Intel's six ways to the Sunday after next in every benchmark, game, and crunch an hour of 8K video in ten seconds flat (though that'd be nice); I'm looking for a chip that'll do everything a decent gamer needs...at a good price point.

And that's where AMD kicks arse.

I'm looking for a cool octo-core that does 90% of Intel's $500 enthusiast chip for $250. And sits in a socket that won't be outdated in six months time.
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