Durons Departure Is a Mixed Blessing
I don't like the Celeron and did not like the Duron because I consider them "crippleware."Please rate your level of agreement with each of the following statements: Modern PCs have more power than they need for most of the tasks theyre used to perform; PC buyers give too much weight to the CPU clock rate as an indicator of overall performance; chip makers manipulate CPU designs to improve the apparent price/performance ratio, taking advantage of buyers technical ignorance; chip makers focus resources on the most profitable market segments, forcing PC system builders to use more powerful CPU chips than buyers would otherwise choose; PC buyers need real innovation aimed at reliability and ease of use, not lock-step movement along the Moores Law curve of the fastest machine that can sell for $1,000; when AMD competes with Intel, buyers wind up with a better range of price/performance options. As it happens, I agree with all the preceding statements. Thats why Im having a hard time deciding how I feel about AMDs announcement that it will stop producing the Duron, its (oh, I gag on this word) "value" CPU that faced off against Intels Celeron.
I dont like the Celeron and did not like the Duron because I consider them "crippleware." They have the high clock rate that it takes to attract buyers notice on the shelf in the big-box retail environment, but they shortchange on-chip cache and bus speed and other vital elements of balanced design.