Why I won’t buy AMD again

About two years ago, I purchased a “monster” machine that was based off the fastest dual-core server CPU’s available at the time (AMD Opteron).  Since then, Intel has taken back its “top dog” position in the server processor market.  I’m not looking to upgrade just yet, but I decided to take a look at the AMD website to see what strategies exist for me.  Turns out there aren’t any.  Here is a brief synopsis of what AMD has to say on the matter …

Customers looking at processor technology often think about migration complexity. How can I move from one processor to another? AMD has addressed this by providing a “clean, elegant upgrade path for systems driven by Second-Generation AMD Opteron™ processors.”  These systems can be upgraded to Quad-Core processors.

AMD has finally unveiled its first quad-core Opteron.  Keep in mind that in a little over 2 months, you can expect to see Intel launch its second-generation quad-core server processor.  While Intel is pushing the bar higher and higher, AMD seems to have no problem abandoning their customers.  I certainly feel like I got “suckered” by all the AMD hype two years ago.  Trust me when I say I won’t make that mistake again.  My next system will have Intel Inside.


  1. undees said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

    I don’t get it. How is offering a new product abandonment?

  2. jdbarney said,

    October 1, 2007 @ 12:07 am

    Every company is entitled to release new products. In the microprocessor industry, failure to keep a socket type alive for even two years constitutes a major course correction. AMD was bold enough to do it without even changing the product name. So because I purchased their first generation Opteron, and because they couldn’t plan more than two years out – I’m left with no upgrade option except gut and replace. You are more likely to keep your customers if you can offer them an upgrade path. AMD is offering me jack. So they have in fact abandoned me. I’m not worth anything to them, and they are not worth anything to me.

  3. undees said,

    October 4, 2007 @ 1:26 pm

    Hmmmm. I still don’t understand. Are you saying that the new Opterons won’t go in the old mobos? That seems pretty rude of AMD, but how is Intel any better?

    I’ve never installed a Pentium-family chip that fit its predecessor’s socket. I stopped caring after AT begat ATX begat microATX begat Mini ATX.

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