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Old 19th May, 2008, 06:07 PM
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Depending on how successful AMD's new triple core CPU is, it will either go down in history as a marketing achievement or blunder.
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I think it's like trying to sell 3 legged horses.
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As has been observed elsewhere, the Phenom X3 is a case of "Using lemons to make lemonade". The X3 is nothing but a crippled X4. That means the X3 is no cheaper to make, but it has to sell for less than the X4. Net result: lower profit. The only way the X3 is a good decision is if the yeilds coming from the X4 line are so bad that AMD would have to throw out a substantial portion of dies otherwise, resulting in even LESS profit. Unfortunately, this is a Faustian bargain at best: when yeilds of the X4 finally get to a reasonable level, AMD still has to make the X3 available for less money than the X4, resulting in the deliberate crippling of cores that could go for more money.

I realize that is a simplistic evaluation, because an X4 core that nobody wants is worth even less than an X3 core that somebody DOES want, but I think you get my point.
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I fear for AMD's future, I must admit. Perhaps a worst case scenario: China buys AMD, the White House can't stop them from doing so, we owe them too much money to object to the deal. Ouch, not a good picture.
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