Ask a Fool: Is There Any Hope Left for AMD?

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Many are wondering about the future prospects for AMD (NASDAQ: AMD  ) , second only to Intel (NASDAQ: INTC  ) in the microprocessor manufacturing arena. AMD tends to excite investors quite a bit, as it rises and falls to extremes, with hope seemingly always just around the corner that it can make some gains on its rival.

The problem is that AMD has no major advantage, and it's losing ground while Intel maintains the lead. As the PC market loses growth to smartphones and tablets, Intel is at least succeeding in servers, whereas AMD's latest server architecture was a decided flop, taking only about 5% of market share.

With no presence in mobile, a PC market that continues to weaken, and a server launch that was barely cause for notice, it's safe to say that AMD's future doesn't bode well for the long term. Stick with the more established Intel, or consider a company like Qualcomm, which is well positioned for the mobile revolution.

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  • Report this Comment On September 19, 2012, at 1:45 AM, rav55 wrote:

    "NO MAJOR ADVANTAGE"???? Are you nuts?

    AMD has ALL THREE GAME BOX CPUs and GPUs. XBOX 720, PS4 and WiiU

    How about Radeon gpu technology that BLOWS Intel out of its blue suede shoes. Intel is 4 generations behind AMD and Nvidia graphics technology.

    The marriage of CPU and GPU is the same as the math coprocessor going on-die back in the mid nineties.

  • Report this Comment On September 19, 2012, at 1:49 AM, rav55 wrote:

    AMD is just SLIGHTLY slower than Intel however it's graphics tech makes up for that. Who gives a shyte if I can calculate PI to a bazillion decimal places 3 seconds faster with an Intel chip?

    AMD is superior, flops/$ than Intel.


    And so does everyone else on the planet except those who continue to blow the horn of useless benchmarks.

  • Report this Comment On September 19, 2012, at 12:30 PM, wenboy wrote:


    You are so wrong ... If you use AMD's graphics card or (Nvidia's graphics card), which is much better in calculating floating point and have insane parallelism, you can calculate pi much faster than a CPU, Intel CPU included...

  • Report this Comment On September 20, 2012, at 1:55 AM, rav55 wrote:

    Seifert is Chief Bean-Counter. He is not design talent.

    AMD is now Rory Read's company and he is putting his stamp on the staff. He wants his own people. If a new CFO is coming in a month then this was a planned transition.

    This is a positive sign.

  • Report this Comment On September 20, 2012, at 2:00 AM, rav55 wrote:


    You miss my point. Who cares anymore how fast you can calc PI????? This is about MASS market consuner goods. Not obscure HPC market. It's the frosting on the cake. I think we are agreeing but you don't see my point.

    Why buy the card when you get 7665 radeon core on-die with PileDriver?

    One year old Radeon Tech is going on-die.

    Radeon 7770 series sells betrween $103 and 345 according the Pricewatch. That is the secondary mid-range market disccrete graphics sweet spot. If you get the CPU AND GPU for $300 AND lower latency then why buy the discrete card?

  • Report this Comment On September 20, 2012, at 2:04 AM, rav55 wrote:

    Intel likes to push irrelevant benchmarks that do not consider GPU parrellelism and Intel cpu's are slighlty faster than AMD but who cares anymore. Just pure compute power without graphics is like next day flat and warm beer, it gives you a buzz but...if you don't mind I'd prefer a nice fresh and Sam Adams.

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