The Athlon 1.4 GHz box I built a little over three years ago still does what I need it to do, although it's hopeless for current games. Still, my guess is that it will need to be replaced in 1-2 years. So I've been paying more attention to the AMD v Intel wars lately.
Aside from the actual merits of the technologies, I've noticed that Intel has a naming problem. Their chipset and processor technologies are code-named things like Prescott, Glenwood, Lakeport, and Smithfield. These sound like the sleepy bourgeois suburb in your typical slasher movie.
AMD, on the other hand, calls its stuff Sledgehammer, Clawhammer, Spitfire, and Winchester. (Yeah, okay, also Barton and Duron. See below.)
Dual cores, die size, and bus speed aside, which technology excites you? Something named 'Sledgehammer'? Or something named 'Prescott'?
Hm. My next story's protagonist will be Barton Duron. He'll be
salesman a ruthless undead dark elf assassin.
P.S. A later thought: it occurs to me that AMD and Intel may just be positioning their brands for different markets, AMD to gamers, and Intel to corporate buyers, who may get all hot and bothered over names like Lakeport and Prescott. And note that AMD's Duron chips are aimed at buyers looking for economy, not gamers looking for performance. Just a thought.
P.P.S. No offense intended to anyone actually named 'Prescott'. I'm sure you're very hot.
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