Its Intel I'm more willing to give a free pass on. I may not like their product segmentation nonsense, but outside of very rare issues (TSX for example) their stuff (in my own experience of course) just darn works
Not what I meant by free pass. I meant if any manufacturer is introducing something this different from all their previous stuff (or adding known minefields like SMT), I'll less likely think that any bugs found in that first generation reflect any fundamental quality problems in the company. I'm rarely an early adopter, so that may color my views on that a bit.
Intel still seems to have a decent lead in platform quality, but AFAICT the CPUs themselves have been comparably reliable for a long time now. Both manufacturers regularly have to fix very serious bugs, but they're at least good enough at it that end users rarely get bitten.
^ That's ^ leaving my own experiences out of it due to being too anecdotal. My own experience, other than those TSX-related segfaults, includes that 4690K's death. It was almost certainly the motherboard's fault (my G3258 in the same board is now dying too, thankfully in a different manner), but the 4690K did a lot more than just crash
on its way out. I never did figure out how to fix the font rendering until I reloaded the system. I really, really
don't like CPUs that get things wrong instead of crashing, and this wasn't just rounding errors.