AMD Chips: a Lab Rats Retrospective
Under the nastiest workload we could devise at the time, the AMD chips worked fine.Ive never understood the reluctance of top-tier PC builders to incorporate AMD chips in their enterprise-oriented machines. When Hewlett-Packard announced last week that its putting AMD Athlon processors in its Compaq D315 Business PC series, my immediate reaction was "Its about time." I cant find a solid number for the market cap that Intel has gained from its Intel Inside campaign, now just a month past its 11th birthday, but Ive always said that it was brilliant marketing by Intel and a brain-dead error for every PC builder that helped transfer buyer loyalty from its own brand to the brand of a component supplier.
When Ive been offered the choice between otherwise comparable PCs with Intel or AMD CPUs, Ive always found the AMD option costing less for the same capability. Is this a difficult decision? My familys late-1998 Compaq Presario, for example, has an AMD 400MHz K6 processor; my recollection is that I saved more than $100 compared with a similar Compaq model, right there on the same shelf at Best Buy, that instead used a Pentium III.