Intel makes Ars Technica staffer’s head hurt (and mine too)

Great article published recently by Ars Technica on the product differentiation methods used by Intel in the marketing and pricing of their CPUs:

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2011/08/what-processor-should-i-buy-intels-crazy-pricing-makes-my-head-hurt.ars

Gotta agree with most of what Peter Bright has written about here. I also happen to be one of the poor saps that got caught out by Intel’s shitty marketing, having purchased an Intel quad core part that as it turned out was missing Intel VT-x. Ever since that discovery I’ve vowed to look for alternatives in future upgrades, and over the weekend I made good on this by upgrading the OpenIndiana oi_148 box to an AMD Phenom II X6. Six cores on the desktop, great for heavily threaded workloads, a no-unwelcome-surprises feature set and all for a terrific price.

AMD Phenom II X6

AMD Phenom II X6 - cores working in OpenIndiana

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One thought on “Intel makes Ars Technica staffer’s head hurt (and mine too)

  1. Pingback: AMD “Piledriver” FX-8350 on OpenIndiana « Dave Koelmeyer

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