What exactly happened to AMD that made them so shit? The Athlon were great CPUs, it seemed like AMD reached it's height and then it just came crashing down.
W-What happened /g/?
Did you not pay attention to the fucking lawsuits?
Like that one
Long and short of it is that intel paid OEMs to not use AMD processors. That's how intel won.
That or AMD processors just fell behind due to bad business decisions.
I had a Phenom II and it was a great CPU, and while their FX series is pretty good and not THAT noticeably different from Intel, they still fall way behind.
Their meme bulldozer line of CPUs suck absolute dick. AMD failed because of poor management. Seriously, read reviews on people who worked there. Basically the people who deserved to be promoted weren't and people were being laid-off so AMD can hire cheaper curries to fill in jobs.
AMD is a joke and will never be as good as Intel. Their new line of CPUs may be better, but Intel will ALWAYS be a step ahead. AMD had their chance and blew it.
>OEM's didn't carry AMD processors for a while
>it could either be because they were literally paid not to
>OR it could just be something else
>this something else is more likely because I say so
The shit conditions for using x86 is what led to AMD never be in charge for long. In that contract it was stated that every invention and innovation that AMD made, Intel could copy and use it freely without paying for it. They could never stay ahead more than one gen.
It all changed after the lawsuits, but then Bulldozer happened. Zen is going to be a game changer on many levels. They can actually keep shit to themselves now.
A long time ago in a board room far, far away there were a gorillion processor developers and AMD & Intel agreed to share their patents with each other in perpetuity in a joint venture gambit to become the big processor producers and usurp the market.
It worked, however Intel was the bigger of the two and it started delaying sharing its patents with AMD at every opportunity, and by the time the court system would force Intel to share their patent like they agreed, it was 3+ years later and the technology was meaningless.