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Old 02-15-2011, 12:57 PM
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Rumor: Is Dell planning on buying AMD?
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:52 PM
 
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It used to be that AMD had more powerful CPUs back in the Athlon and Athlon X2 days. But Intel was stifling AMD with its relationships to major chip buyers - cutting them down if they bought AMD. Nowadays Intel rules everywhere with more powerful CPUs. I'd only get an AMD PC because they are cheaper.

I'd rather have an Intel CPU in a Dell laptop.
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:24 PM
 
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I've been reading about Dell taking over AMD and been running it over and over in my head... it just doesn't make sense to me. HP, IBM or HTC seem like better marriages imo. Looking at Dell's outstanding shares and cash flow, it could be an expensive takeover for Dell.

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It used to be that AMD had more powerful CPUs back in the Athlon and Athlon X2 days. But Intel was stifling AMD with its relationships to major chip buyers - cutting them down if they bought AMD. Nowadays Intel rules everywhere with more powerful CPUs. I'd only get an AMD PC because they are cheaper.

I'd rather have an Intel CPU in a Dell laptop.
^ That is an inaccurate representation of the consumer market.
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:39 PM
 
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It used to be that AMD had more powerful CPUs back in the Athlon and Athlon X2 days. But Intel was stifling AMD with its relationships to major chip buyers - cutting them down if they bought AMD. Nowadays Intel rules everywhere with more powerful CPUs. I'd only get an AMD PC because they are cheaper.

I'd rather have an Intel CPU in a Dell laptop.
While it's true that Intel dominates the mid and high end consumer market, AMD has still carved out a nice niche in the $100 and under CPU market (an area Intel has struggled in) and even in the higher tiers has consistently offered 90% of the bang for about 70% of the buck. Also, the imminent release of Bulldozer is expected to once again put AMD back on top, beating Sandy Bridge on both price and performance.

Though, you are 100% right that Intel's tactics with PC builders has long kept AMD bottled up. Even when AMD had the clearly superior product virtually no regular conaumer outside of the gaming and DIY folks even really knew about them.

As for the acquisition, it's certainly an interesting move for Dell. They would be able to provide their own processors and graphics chipsets internally and would be able to reduce costs as a result. It makes sense to me that Dell would be interested, I just don't know if they are the right ones as Dell has long been accused of inept management.
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:05 AM
 
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If it does happen, I can see it killing market share, as it means the other PC makers will be buying from Dell. And isn't it a point to take sales AWAY from your competitors?

Dell should focus on increasing their service and reliability across their computer lineup first, then worry about venturing into other markets. Not everything they touch turns to gold; MP3 players and PDAs come to mind.
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:07 PM
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Oh, and apparently they've got some pretty sharp people over there at Dell.

Dell "masked gunman" marketing stunt causes panic, two employees arrested | Geek.com
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Old 02-16-2011, 06:41 PM
 
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I don't see Dell buying AMD. It's not Dell's style.
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:56 PM
 
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On a side note, which wouldn't fit well with this, rumor has it that apple is considering zacate for the mac book air.
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:29 AM
 
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Rumored Dell purchase of AMD? Not likely
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