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4. nV buying AMD Feb 15, 2008, 03:06 LittleMe
 
Very bad idea from a consumer's perspective. The reason the MS Windows business model works so well is because they are not tied to the up & down nature of hardware sales. It would be their own downfall and they should know that would be a dangerous slope. That is how computer companies tried to do things in the 70s and 80s and for the most part that business model failed.

 
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3. Re: Nvidia buy AMD? Feb 14, 2008, 03:53 Prez
 
We NEED AMD to remain a viable chipmaker imo. Intel would flounder without the competition, and chip prices would rise dramatically. I seriously doubt they would be so strong now (much less so affordable) had they not been getting their butts kicked in price and performance by AMD a couple of years back.  
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2. Re: Nvidia buy AMD? Feb 14, 2008, 00:54 UnderLord
 
Actually, here's a thought, From one console generation to the next is usually a huge technology increment.
But that's not how the CPUs and GPUs are developed, they are the result of several smaller improvements in design and technology, each step paid for by sales of those incrementally improved products.
Without the PC as a gaming platform providing a market for those products to support this ongoing development, there wouldn't be compellingly better CPUs and GPUs for the next generation of consoles so either cycles would be MUCH longer and/or the next generation consoles more expensive as they have to pay for the new hardware development, or the market would be much less lucrative and not worthwhile.
So, I conclude that Consoles NEED PCs as gaming platforms and us PC gamers needn't worry at all.
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1. Nvidia buy AMD? Feb 14, 2008, 00:45 UnderLord
 
Not too likely from a monopoly point of view.
But MS has a few billion it didn't spend recently, they could buy them and make the AMD CPU/GPU include a Physics PPU supported by DirectX and leave Nvidia/Aegia looking a bit stupid!
They'd have all the technology they need for the next-generation console in-house too, so the PC/Console debate need never arise, they would be VERY similar platforms!

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