and, though drivers were sometimes shaky, the company stayed on top of things and got them fixed. I always purchased the "Real McCoy" and not the partner products as well. I don't game so don't care about extended features of graphics cards and don't load up on their software suites. Just give me good solid and reliable performance and I'm happy.
To add to dinosaur brands, I'm also not happy that HP has taken over 3Com. I bought their network cards from the days of 10base2 and Windows 3.1 for networks. They always worked. I do some volunteer work in a school and all the Ethernet switches are 3Com as are the wireless PoE components. Never a failure of one device yet. I've still got a box of 3Com 3C905 series boards that I use when MB Ethernet circuits fail. Most of these are USA or Ireland made. They always work. My home network, wired and wireless, is all 3Com. I just don't have problems. I'm concerned that HP will kill the the brand.
You read correctly; as of the fourth quarter of this year, the brand known as ATI will no longer be present on any Radeon GPU's.
AMD did a survey earlier this year (in several countries); and found that people did not know the brand name ATI, though they did know both AMD and Radeon.
So AMD will be shipping all new GPU's under the name AMD Radeon
Personally; I am sad to see the logo ATI go the way of the dinosaurs, as I have always bought ATI graphics (and purposely look for that logo), but will continue to purchase AMD Radeon graphics ( if they continue with great GPU's)