Last month Nerd Approved reported on the Dual Core challenge that AMD posed to Intel – it would have pitted AMD’s Athlon 64 X2 vs. Intel’s Pentium Extreme Edition 840. AMD actually went so far as to run a petition on their website in an attempt to entice Intel into accepting. However, there was a 4 month time limit for Intel to act on the challenge – and that time has now passed. Naturally, AMD has declared itself the winner by default.
To recap, here is the top ten list of reasons why Intel did not accept the challenge – as posted on the AMD website (PDF):
10.Tried to follow their own roadmap to get to the duel
9.Decided to take the “front-side bus” to the duel; got stuck in a bottleneck
8.The “Intel Inside” stickers they used to package the cores together keep melting
7.Too busy rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic
6.”Hey, we don’t expect anyone to actually buy these things!”
5.Didn’t want to compete when they realized that the duel would involve actual “rules” of fair competition
4.They couldn’t get a permit from the fire department to emit thatmuch heat
3.No systems available yet –protective clothing used by manufacturers only safe for up to 149 watts
2. Dell told them they weren’t allowed to participate
1. Moore’s Law has been replaced by “Paul’s Paradox”: the number of canceled products per year at Intel will double every year after the introduction of the AMD Opteron™processor.
In reality, the number one reason is that Intel was well aware that AMD would have ripped them a new one in a head to head showdown. All of the benchmark testing of the two chips in head to head competition resulted in a runaway victory for AMD.
Posted by Sean