Dell inching closer to AMD

Dell inching closer to AMD

Summary: In the same week the Apple became Intel's best friend and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison gave strokes to Sun over Dell (at least for that day), Dell CEO Kevin Rollins made a comment that seems to suggest that his company is now "open" to selling AMD-based systems. Dell likes to keep its supply chain as simple as possible (and is Dell's largest customer), but the combination of AMD's well regarded technology and having a better negotiating position must be changing the company's thinking.

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In the same week the Apple became Intel's best friend and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison gave strokes to Sun over Dell (at least for that day), Dell CEO Kevin Rollins made a comment that seems to suggest that his company is now "open" to selling AMD-based systems. Dell likes to keep its supply chain as simple as possible (and is Dell's largest customer), but the combination of AMD's well regarded technology and having a better negotiating position must be changing the company's thinking.  Still, I'm not betting that Intel will let Dell defect from its camp without making an extraordinary effort to keep its number one buyer happy, including having CEO Paul Otellini come on stage at a Dell event in a clean-room bunny suit, as he did for Steve Jobs at Macworld. 

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  • Dell-uded

    I really do feel sorry for the management at Dell. I mean they fall in love with Intel, and for the longest time Intel is the cute, sweet innocent dream girl. Few years later the odd looking AMD has a hissy fit and becomes the vixen. (U know the one thats all plastic fantastic but its all naturale...which makes it even better...did I mention that she already loves u, its ur job just to turn and say hello - talk about being easy)

    Well...Dell has to be faithful right? If only...those Dell-uded people.

    There is a niche in PC market where people are willing to pay over the odds to get things, the right things mind.

    These people are performance junkies or better known as master of the dark art of overclocking (sorry to disappoint those who thought I was about to send u invite to yet-to-be-formed cult).
    These OCers one or another try to get the best performance. What is more important than this is there advice. Imagine how many people ask these very people advice on what PC or parts to buy and where from?
    While making ur own PC is not everyones type of thing, u can at least recommend them a company to buy from right? Well...I dont remember recommending Dell for the past 12 months. Before there might have been reason, video encoding but DC64 has pretty much killed that thought off.

    Dell might not be man enough to go to the strip show to see A64 do its thing but that does not stop others.

    Lets put it like this...

    ...AMD CPUs are kool...
    (Why do u think MS released there 360 first? Because to it is nigh on impossible to beat someone or something that is kool...iPOD anyone? oh and dont worry MS...PS3 might have all the flaws but it will most importantly be kool and that sells more than something that works)

    Its not use going into technical details because its already been said a million times already (for those people still in the dark...lower ur head in shame).
    Still...I can understand it to a certain degree why Dell cant get become a 'real' man yet but surely there are no friends in business right?

    Not worry Dell, just keep doing what ur doing. AMD survived this long with you, its just now they have just become irrestiable, just ask HP why they cant get enough A64 PCs built.

    Only in the last few months does Intel realise that they should of just used the centrino core and they would still have some respect in the minds of PC users. (Dont worry Intel lovers, there next cpu will be decent enough, well its a mobile centrino on drugs basically).

    The life and time of one Dell...ah...sweet.

    What Dell need to ask themselves it do they want there named whispered or screamed?

    Wait...a better one...spit or swallow...(damn...I think I must need to get my head checked...I am like so manly sometimes..well that is until I look down ;-)

    Jbell?

    PS: Few notes...I like MS so not bad talking about them...until Vista...sorry just had to add that in.
    I have a 360 and it really is a nice machine until I switch on F.E.A.R in my 7800GTX 512mb SLI rig and see it running at 1920x1600.
    I think the PS3 will be awesome, just get the first batch so u get crappy firmware version;-)
    Oh...and I still recommend Dell to most of the companies I work for when buying for business...so see I am not just some misfit...wait...I might be...what does misfit mean?
    JenBell
  • AMD a good option

    I would prefer AMD over an Intel processor, but
    like all computers/processors/chips they are
    all made in China.
    SouthernPride
    • Nope

      AMD fabs are in Germany - while InHell makes chips right here in the USA (North Carolina for instance SouthernPride!).
      Roger Ramjet
      • You might want to check your facts

        Actually, both AMD and Intel have fabs all over the world.

        http://www.amd.com/us-en/Corporate/AboutAMD/0,,51_52_9999,00.html

        http://www.intel.com/pressroom/kits/manufacturing/manufacturing_qa.htm#1
        runprn
  • Some AMD observations

    It is my experience that AMD's chip performance edge is lost by using Windoze. My rationale is that M$ compiles their code against InHell processors - and thus its always "tuned" for InHell. If M$ compiled their code on AMD - then those chips would really fly! Recently that has happened, as Windoze64 is being compiled on AMD chips.

    My experience - Using AMD 1300 and 1400 chips and Windoze and Seti - my results were at least 10 times worse than those exact same chips running under Linux. InHell chips were only 3x worse . . .
    Roger Ramjet