SonicSilicon wrote:I believe this is the first time I have ever read someone respond to themselves as if they were truly writing to someone else.
It's not like there's anyone else here providing thought provoking input or arguments to respond to. ...
AMD has a CHANCE, which is pretty good considering 2 years ago, they were basically a pet on a leash meant solely to keep the anti-trust hounds off Nvidia's trail, that said they are still 2 BILLION in debt, they are still paying an average of 6% on their debt, and in short, they have been systematically been building up a huge list of liabilities that will weigh down the company once they do begin turning a profit. whether they do is still up in the air, because we don't actually know the terms of the console wars. Some speculation has suggested that they have 'won' little else aside from marketshare and user recognition(which isn't small potatoes, certainly, but it doesn't pay the bills either) These liabilities include selling and re-renting their factories to make ends-meet in the short term and laying off valuable engineers who found homes at Nvidia and Intel. Imagine running a marathon with 25lbs strapped to each leg. Nvidia has advantages in both engineering and fabrication, plus they can pay their liabilities even if their consumer market-share falls a little. they are already entrenched in enterprise and cloud. not only can they afford to cut the 'premium' from their cards, but they enjoy a slight edge in power and a huge edge in driver compatibility. Over the next 3 years, AMD will need to make a case for gamers to switch, and for the most part, the things that you have mentioned, "mantle," the "console advantage" and whatever other in-roads that they have made are all dependent on delivering a product that does well in benchmarks, and competes on price. they will not enjoy the premium prices that Nvidia charges for the ultra high-end($600-$1100+) because unlike AMD, Nvidia won't lay down and settle for the low and mid-range market, as has been the case with AMD recently.
So no, AMD hasn't won yet, not even close, but they do have a chance, and I sincerely wish them the best.