EuhicS Wrote:You know Poofy, in forums there is topics, every person choose to talk in the topic they like, if you want to give additional informations (bad or good), no problem. But if you don't want to read about that "garbage" and just answer that Intel suck and will continue to suck, I don't know why you're staying here.
Because I am passionate about hardware.
I am MORE than willing to accept Intel again if they do the right things to dig themselves out of the hole, but for now it is a messy situation.
I mean the article linked above basically says "Intel's hardware might be good, but with another round of bad display drivers we can't really tell." Nvidia/AMD had 24p nailed a LONG time ago, and here is Intel bringing up the rear.
I am not outright anti-Intel. Without their platforms my second favorite love to HTPCs- hackintoshing- could not exist.
But what Intel is doing is plain wrong. They know that their GPUs suck compared to AMD/Nvidia's offerings but instead of pumping more resources into that department to make it better (like AMD does) they are using their CPU line to force the GPUs onto us. Sure some of it is for power savings, and some of it is streamlining, but the way they purposefully EXCLUDE Nvidia from their platform means that it is something more insidious than that. This is EXACTLY like what Microsoft did back in the day with force bundling IE to kill Netscape, except that AMD has a large enough part of the CPU market (BARELY) that Intel can't be prosecuted.
I mean, will ANYONE debate that the great Intel- CPU champion of the world- couldn't make better GPUs than they do? That some in house Intel tech won't "mesh" better with their CPUs than outside tech? I mean if AMD's fusion was their CPU chips with a Broadcom Crystal HD bolted on they would be the laughing stock of the tech world. But Intel does it and its ok because they are Intel.
They made TONS of promises about open source support, then they sign onto a desperation contract with PowerVR that keeps all the specs locked tight. For crying out loud there EXISTS a Linux driver for the GoogleTV platform that WE CAN'T HAVE thanks to NDAs. In all my years of hardware love (going back to a Tandy 8088) I have NEVER seen such BS like that.
Who knows, maybe Intel has a bigger plan. Maybe they are trying to destroy Nvidia so that one day they can swoop in and buy them for pennies on the dollar. Maybe they figured that pleasing enthusiasts like us doesn't give them the same ROI as Boxee Boxes. Who knows?
All I know is what I see, and what I see is that Intel hasn't done anything to please hardcores like XBMC users in YEARS. I see them TERRIFIED by ARM, and I see a desperate company doing everything they can to lock down everything- consumers be damned. It is like they are going play-by-play out of Microsoft's playbook, and nobody gives MS a break.