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CPU Scorecard Polls 2001

[ January ] Should AMD and Transmeta merge to take on Intel?
[ February ] Transmeta: One Year Later-- already doomed in the mobile marketplace?
[ March ] The tech sector sinks; the economy slows-- Are you, like Intel, still planning to invest in new technology and/or computers this year?
[ April ] Would you want a VIA C3 processor in your budget PC?
[ May ] The Pentium 4 is here to stay. Pentium-III is Intel's new 'budget' processor.
What epitaph would you write for Celeron?
[ June/July ] Now that Itanium has arrived, which server processor is the weakest link in the high-end computer market?
[ August ] Pentium III-M (Tualatin): Good enough for notebooks only? Or should Intel extend it to desktops, too?
[ September ] How should AMD & Apple counter the 'MegaHertz Myth'?
[ October ] With recent news of AMD closing manufacturing plants, laying off employees and losing Gateway as a customer, will Palomino be enough to turn around AMD's fortunes?
[ November ] So, what is the clock speed of your CPU?
[ December ] Given the current economic downturn, will you be spending less on tech items this season than last year?
January 2001
Should AMD and Transmeta merge to take on Intel?
YES: Then there would be real competition in the notebook and emerging internet appliance markets.
People's Choice 37% NO: There would be less competition and therefore higher pricing overall in the processor sector.
Second Choice 23%
WAIT AND SEE: Merge only if AMD's upcoming mobile Palomino fails in the starting gate.
Third Choice 21%
MORE, MORE, MORE: They should also merge with VIA and Elbrus to have any chance against Intel.
Last Choice 19%
Selected visitor comments:
bulletWhen there is a big enough competitor to Intel's money market dominance, only then will the poor, ill-informed buyers of this world be fully aware that buying other than an Intel based machine is the "Inteligent" answer.
bulletThey deserve to have someone liquidate their monopolous enterprise.
Top of PageFebruary 2001
Transmeta: One Year Later-- already doomed in the mobile marketplace?
YES: A good idea at the time, but the performance just isn't there.
People's Choice 37%
TOO SOON TO TELL: Even Coca-Cola was a failure in its first year...

Second Choice 32%
NO: With continuing refinements, Crusoe will still be the mobile processor of choice.
Third Choice 17%
MAYBE SO: Doomed in the notebook sector, but Transmeta will find its niche in other portable computing products.
Last Choice 14%
Top of PageMarch 2001
The tech sector sinks; the economy slows-- Are you, like Intel, still planning to invest in new technology and/or computers this year?
YES: Like Craig Barrett says, "You never save your way out of a recession".
People's Choice 43%
MAYBE SOME: Just not as much as we did last year.

Second Choice 33%
NO: We'll be OK with the computers we bought in 1999-- at least until McKinley arrives.
Third Choice 17%
OXYMORONIC: "Invest" in tech? Might as well throw my money into a Survivor campfire...
Last Choice 7%
Top of PageApril 2001
Would you want a VIA C3 processor in your budget PC?
NO: It may be cheap, but it will never compete with a Duron.
People's Choice 47%
MAYBE: Good price, low power requirements; I would give the C3 a try.

Second Choice 25%
YES: VIA has finally produced a CPU that is a better value than a Celeron.
Third Choice 16%
FOR CHARITY: It's time VIA was given a fighting chance in the processor market, just to keep it competitive.
Last Choice 12%
Selected visitor comments:
bulletWe'll see whether the 53% that didn't vote no, plus VIA's commitment--or not--to increasing its technology in the performance-per-dollar department will keep it afloat . I suspect not, but hope I'm wrong.
Top of PageMay 2001
The Pentium 4 is here to stay. Pentium-III is Intel's new 'budget' processor.
What epitaph would you write for Celeron?
A good overclocker, A cool-running chip; Good-bye valiant Celeron,
And thanks for the trip!
People's Choice 57%
Here is where friend Celeron lies; Nobody laughs, nobody cries;
Where he goes, how he fares; Nobody knows, nobody cares.
Second Choice 24%
I never coulda been a contenda...
Third Choice 16%
Here lieth Celeron; More now than ever, smellerin'.
Last Choice 3%
Top of PageJune/July 2001
Now that Itanium has arrived, which server processor is the weakest link in the high-end computer market?
Itanium: too little, too late-- Goodbye!
People's Choice 29%
Xeon: Never did get any respect with only 32 bits-- Goodbye!

Second Choice 26%
MIPS: Soon only available in a PlayStation near you-- Goodbye!
Third Choice 14%
Alpha: too many cooks spoil the pot, and even Compaq sells out-- Goodbye!
Fourth Choice 10%
PowerPC/3: IBM may be Big Blue, but will soon be green with envy-- Goodbye!
Fifth Choice 10%
UltraSparc: Not enough sparks left in this Sun-- Goodbye!
Sixth Choice 8%
PA-RISC: Hewlett-Packard partnered with Intel to compete against themselves-- Goodbye!
Last Choice 5%
Selected visitor comments:
bulletIntel just doesn't seem to understand that there is competition now. They need to realize this soon, or the world's former greatest processor company may just bite the dust.
Top of PageAugust 2001
Pentium III-M (Tualatin): Good enough for notebooks only? Or should Intel extend it to desktops, too?
YES: A desktop Tualatin could rival the Pentium 4 at half the price.
People's Choice 37%
MAYBE SO: Only if Intel can kick it up a few hundred MHz.
Second Choice 27%
NO: The Pentium-III architecture is a dead-end. Why prolong its long-deserved death?
Third Choice 21%
DOUBLE DUTY: It would rock as dual-processor solution.
Last Choice 15%
Selected visitor comments:
bulletIntel shouldn't kick up the MHz any more. AMD has already accused Intel of devaluating the MHz, and they might be right. They should increase the actual speed of the thing. Look at your own scores. The Athlon-MP 1,2 GHz beats all other processors [at the same clock speed -Ed].
Top of PageSeptember 2001
How should AMD & Apple counter the 'MegaHertz Myth'?
DEBENCHING: Spread the word and educate computer consumers about pipeline taxes, IPC, and real-world performance.
People's Choice 35%
BENCHMODELLING: Start referring to their processors only by comparable, performance-rated model numbers.
Second Choice 22%
BENCHMARKETING: Pick and choose the best performance scenarios for their processors and promote, promote, promote.
Third Choice 21%
GET BENCHED: Give up. The performance war is over. Long live Pentium 4!
Fourth Choice 8%
BENCHBUSTING: Ramp up the clock speed of their processors to match and exceed the competition, at huge expense.
Fifth Choice 8%
BENCHWASHING: Invent new performance benchmark scales that show their processors beating everyone else's.
Last Choice 7%
Selected visitor comments:
bulletMy first choice was "debenching", but in spite of AMD's PR rating, most people today think that the bigger the MHz, the faster the speed. If AMD could ramp up ATHLON TO 2000MHz, only then will all the other illiterate people notice.
bulletI want to know who the morons are that think the performance war is over.
bulletg2000: AMD and iMac should find ways to speed up their processor at least on par with the MegaHertz comparison, but sell at the same price as the Intel P4. At the same time, sell the existing lower speed processors in bulk quantities: big quantities in the 1.2-1.4GHz range, small quantities at 1.8-2.0Ghz to sell at higher prices.
Also, slowly spread the words to those uneducated people that the current 1.4 Athlon already matches closely to the 2.0GHz P4 in performance.
bulletPhil D: I think AMD should invent their own, completely separate rating system which in no way relates to the current numbers in any way. Call the 1400 the 'Athlon Model 12', or something.
WHY??
Simple - those uneducated people who shop for a computer will see IMMEDIATELY that the numbers don't jive, and ask the sales team how they really compare, rather than assume things themselves. Maybe they would start putting Sandra benchmarks in their flyers or on product labels or something, since the basis for comparison would no longer 'SEEM' obvious.
ALSO - I am afraid that when people are informed about the PR ratings on the Athlon XP, AMD will lose some credibility in their minds, undeservedly. Makes them look a bit like a cheap runner up wannabe.
Top of PageOctober 2001
With recent news of AMD closing manufacturing plants, laying off employees and losing Gateway as a customer, will Palomino be enough to turn around AMD's fortunes?
HUH?: No need to turn around anything! AMD is still gaining on Intel and is not stopping now.
People's Choice 41%
WELL, D'UH!: AMD's new Athlon XP will be more than up to the task of taking on Intel's Pentium 4 and demolishing the "MegaHertz Myth".
Second Choice 40%
N' --UH!: Intel's Pentium 4 has turned the corner at 2GHz. Riding on Microsoft's 'XP' coattails won't save AMD.
Third Choice 14%
...UHHHH--: Maybe AMD will just have to concentrate on the budget market with Duron, just like in the old K6 days.
Last Choice 5%
Selected visitor comments:
bulletEugene: As much as I love AMD and despise Intel, I must say that although XP may give AMD a slight bump in market share, they just can't come close to Intel. Most consumers are not techies - they do not study benchmarks; they buy from major vendors like Dell and Gateway or electronics chains. Sure, Compaq and HP manufacture systems with both Intel and AMD chips, but with the combination of higher price and clock speed, who's not to believe that Intel is the premium? Name value is also huge. Every average Joe knows and trusts Intel... and where's the marketing with AMD? How many Athlon XP commercials have you seen? Too many consumers are ignorant about CPUs and AMD doesn't seem to be making an effort to educate them. If AMD were to be picked up by Dell and throw out some ads, THEN Intel would have reason to be shaking in their boots.
Top of PageNovember 2001
So, what is the clock speed of your CPU?
500 MHz or more, but less than 1 GHz.
People's Choice 32%
Less than 500 MHz.
Second Choice 27%
1.0 GHz or more, but less than 1.5 GHz.
Third Choice 25%
1.5 GHz or more!
Last Choice 16%
Selected visitor comments:
bulletGood Disaster: Well, being a Mac user, only the first two categories are available to
me
:P & I'll take this time to remind everyone that MHz aren't everything :^)
Top of PageDecember 2001
Given the current economic downturn, will you be spending less on tech items this season than last year?
NO: Downturn? What downturn? It's my patriotic duty to buy more tech stuff this year, if only to help the economy.
People's Choice 50%
MAYBE: I may spend less-- I may spend more, depending on whether I actually need any new tech this year.
Second Choice 42%
DON'T KNOW: I still can't decide between a GameCube or an X-Box...
Third Choice 4%
YES: This past year's tragic events have made me more concerned about the future, and I need to save my money.
Last Choice 4%
Polls courtesy SparkLit.com
 

 

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