I just read an article about AMD coming out with a 6 core processor sometime in April. My first thought was, who cares? I surely don’t because the same processor game has been going on forever. Both AMD and Intel still don’t get it. They believe that by using the nickle and dime theory, we consumers with not notice the minimal advancements in technology. Fortunately many consumers are computer savy and no longer fall for these so called advances.
Here are my thoughts on this matter. I remember back when I had a 25mhz processor machine and changed over to 100mhz by upgrading the mobo and cpu. One would of thought that 100mhz would be 4 times faster but that was not the case. The speed increase was negligible and maybe, just maybe, I saw a 25% speed increase. These same performance improvements were dolled out to us in small increments, even though we all knew that both AMD and Intel could of came out with processor speeds of 500mhz or more, they doled out speed increases in small chucks that barely improved performance.
Next came the cpu speed wars after we hit 1ghz. Every six weeks or so either AMD or Intel came out with a 1.1ghz and slowly creeped up month after month. Not to be satisfied with these alleged speed increases, both AMD and Intel decided to disguise the performance of the cpu. AMD used a 3000+ figure to say that their processor, even though it was only 1.9ghz was equal to an Intel 3ghz unit. Intel started using a cryptic system of numbers and letters that required a user to search for the actual true speed of the cpu.
No we are in the core stage of development. 2,4, 6 core and up we go. It is the same game with we consumers once again being duped into thinking that a 6 core cpu is somehow going to make our machine become a speed demon. It is not going to happen folks. This is just my two cents.
What do you think? Is this all smoke and mirros to grab our money by AMD and Intel, or is it real progress?
PS. The speeds I have cited are estimates only and are purely my opinion. So please, no comments about the numbers. :-)