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The nightmare of Intel

by jerry128 / July 17, 2006 7:23 AM PDT

Does anybody else find all the options of Intel chips really confusing? It doesn't help that they have products with (as TMV pointed out) redundant names like Core 2 duo and on top of that, they go by code names and then shipping names and which is which is beyond me, half the time. Which is Merom? Which is Conroe? Aren't there two Conroe variants? Which one is mobile versus desktop? What is Xeon? Wasn't there a Xenon (with an "N") last generation? I mean Jesus H! (sorry Keystroke).

-Kevin S.

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It's quite easy
by SantiagoCrespo / July 17, 2006 7:36 AM PDT
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The most expensive one is the one you want but can't afford.
the one you can afford sucks, so you save money to afford a better one.
When you got the money to afford the better one, it has been phased out, at which point you say SCREW ALL OF THIS and buy and AMD


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by jerry128 / July 17, 2006 7:48 AM PDT
In reply to: It's quite easy

Though that decision won't be as easy for a Mac user. I guess I should be happy that they will default to the fastest available and to be honest, we're used to paying for the premium for desktop machines*


* I feel it necessary to provide the disclaimer that I'm not saying Macs are more expensive than their PC counterparts since I'm always defending that argument. Computer for computer, (Apples to Apple) they match up quite competitively. I'm just acknowledging that Apple typically chooses to pick the higher end of components in their desktop machines so it will likely be whatever the faster/expensive chip is. The Xeon?

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not the xeon
by SantiagoCrespo / July 17, 2006 10:50 PM PDT
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The Xeon is a ridiculously expensive processor, with ridiculously expensive memory exclusively inteded for Server Platforms (maybe the Apple servers will carry them), for the desktop my guess is they will go with a Core 2 Duo.

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(NT) (NT) except that core 2 duo is way faster than the best AMD ;)
by robstak / July 17, 2006 8:04 AM PDT
In reply to: It's quite easy
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Not to mention...
by shantanubala / July 17, 2006 7:37 AM PDT
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Celeron, pentium, viiv, pentiun with htper threading, pentium M, pentium D, pentium extreme, and the list goes on....

Why can't Intel be a tiny bit more simple... Intel needs to be as simple as Apple Silly

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That's kind of what I was hoping for
by jerry128 / July 17, 2006 7:42 AM PDT
In reply to: Not to mention...

We used to have the G3. Then a couple of years later the G4. Then a year or two later the G5. Happy But towards the end, IBM started getting as bad as Intel with the G5 this version and the G5 that version, though it's never been quite as bad.

I guess on the flip side, I'm hoping Intel can actually deliver chips, as opposed to Motorola and IBM CONSTANTLY underperforming what they promise. So, if that means getting used to a confusing chip family, so be it.

-Kevin S.

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Apple will keep it simple.
by SantiagoCrespo / July 17, 2006 10:54 PM PDT

Apple will make you buy whatever it is they want to sell you, thus keeping it simple, since you can't choose which processor to put into the machine anyway.

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And thankfully
by jerry128 / July 18, 2006 3:53 AM PDT

...those chips won't be from AMD. As it appears those chips have now become teh suck (to borrow a Veronica phrase) Happy

-Kevin S.

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