G. G. is entirely correct.
The people above haven't a single clue what the hell they're talking about. It's funny how you think AMD is still in the lead for innovation and technology -- when Intel has a CPU out which matches theirs in performance AND CONSUMES 33% THE POWER. Then there's the complete denial that the Pentium 4 outperformed ANY Athlon XP -- or Athlon 64 for that matter! The Pentium 4 at 3.0 GHz with an 800 MHz front side bus annihilated the Athlon XP 3200+ -- AND it was STILL competitive against the Athlon 64 3200+.
[EXCERPT FROM CONVERSATION WITH AMD FANBOY]
AMD Fanboy: "...Oh, but wait, I'm an AMD fanboy. I don't care about actually reading articles or basing my unnecessarily inflammatory and baseless statements off of any actual evidence or benchmarks. I am inexplicably driven to using smiley faces, dismal grammar, poor web-design skills and a complete lack of cognitive thought when I'm composing my posts. I also mindlessly belittle anything which Intel has had a hand in producing."
Me: "Well, Intel was responsible for the development and production of the microprocessor."
AMD Fanboy: "Are you attempting to utilize my own inanely flawed logic in a statement that would reduce my nonexistant argumentative foundation to nonexistant rubble? That is most unfortunate. Rather than maturely acknowledging the merits which Intel deserves, I will instead completely defy logic and type long words whose collective meanings escape me, but they sure look retarded when typed in all caps and stuck between some quotes and smileys."
To be truthful, I have nothing against AMD and their leadership is astoundingly good in some cases, and not so great in others. For example, I genuinely admire Hector Ruiz, being Latin American myself. That said, AMD's CTO, Phil Hester is... kind of an a**hole. The K8 is an excellent architecture, admittedly. I think Intel made a poor business decision by neglecting to integrate the memory controller on the die, and by not implementing a high-speed interconnect at least on it's high-end server and workstation chips. In addition, I feel that silicon-on-insulator technology would have helped their NetBurst architecture to higher and greater things.
That said, there are at least two cases in which I can say I disagree with AMD's corporate philosophy. They are unprofessional to a point of being obnoxious (not unlike their armies of fanboys). Ever heard of the "Prescott Survival Kit?" What about the "Top Ten Reasons Intel didn't participate in the Dual-Core Duel?" I'm sure you found both of these hilarious, and will continue to justify them, but the fact of the matter is they weren't something that a Fortune 500 company does. Both of these very public things were incredibly immature.
Perhaps, someday, when you fanboys base your statements off of credible evidence, proper grammer and perhaps some semblance of logic behind them, I'd take you with a degree of respect. As a final word, this entirely directed at fanboys, not AMD users. Fanboys probably don't know who they are -- they're rather misguided in thinking they have an objective opinion. That is immaterial, however, because the only people to whom this is directed, are non-fanboys -- and they know who they are. If there's confusion, please PM me.
>>>>>First superscalar RISC - K5
Nice Try. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superscalar
>>>>>First to use "Flip-Chip" technology
Intel pioneered mass production of Land Grid Array.
>>>>>First on-chip L2 cache - K6-3
And the Intel Pentiums, the first chips with cache in the first place, still outperformed it. Go ahead, check.
>>>>>First use of copper interconnects - K-7
First multithreaded microarchitecture process, Intel -- Intel Xeon, 2001
>>>>>First fully pipelined, superscalar floating point unit - K-7
First floating point unit, Intel -- i80487SX
>>>>>First to extend x86 to 64-bits (AMD64) - K-8
>>>>>First to sample Dual Core Technology - K-?
Nice try. For one, Intel beat AMD to dual-cores by a month. For second, IBM scored the first dual core, the Power4, in 2001.
>>>>>Where AMD leads, Intel follows!
>>>>>AMD has shown the way!
Haha. That's funny now, since you lied on most of those....and failed to give Intel due credit where it deserves. Unfortunately, the AMD fanboys of the world will credit you where you deserve to have little or no credibility.