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-Helps a small company compete with the monster in CPUs production (Intel) - we don't need just one company making cpus, it will be bad for all...... before all the Mac guys/gals jump on me, I know Motorola makes CPUs also, I am just talking about the windows side of things.
AMD have closely match the Intel X structure, all the way through fourth generation processor arcitecture, the fith is a long way off.
I've been buying AMD chips since the K6, its the best option price wise, but not necessarily processor wise. Its all about the instructions inbeeded in the chips and the way they open logical gates. However it seems now that most of the software producers are taking AMD into account with the palimino chip, and hence INTEL are under serious threat from a company two years ago that were copying their architecture.
The world of electronics.
I am not saying that is the case with AMD, for I have owned one that performed well and even though I am not a chip designer I would say it performed well in real world apps, as well as my Intel.
But now - I own a Pentium 4 - 2.0 gigahertz and have been on numerous other machines most notably the fastest Mac available and a current AMD and my impression is that the Mac was considerably behind in performance (and way more expensive... breaks the rule of my first line) and the AMD didnít quite come up to the Intel either.
Any other comparisons?