AMD CFO Thomas Seifert Resigns, Company Stock Takes a Hit

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warptek2010

Some of the comments here are just ridiculous. First off, how many of you even knew the CFO's name before this story?? Secondly, who the EFFF cares? And thirdly, some of you guys are planning your next rig around an Intel platform just based on this? Pathetic. And wishing or predicting that the one of the only, real competitors to the Intel behometh gets sold or bought out is like wanting a self inflicted wound instead of supporting a good American company that employs vast numbers of Americans. Lastly, AMD remains a strong viable multi-billion dollar company and they're not going anywhere. There are some who see the price drop in stock as an opportunity to get in, including myself.

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pixelpopper

I have been an AMD "fanboy" since the early 90's.. I have owned a couple of Intel procs in that time, but mostly AMD.(As I sit here typing on a Bulldozer rig)Yes my next system build will be Intel, AMD is finished, and I can only hope Qualcomm or some other company with deep pockets and competent leadership will enter the x86 market and give Intel some competition.

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Andrew.Hodge

I highly, highly doubt AMD as a company are going anywhere. There is a whole lot to the microprocessor market than just X86 chips, and even there where they obviously lose to Intel in single threaded benchmarks, they still have much higher performance per whatt and per clock than Intel in the super low power space, which is rapidly outgrowing HPC and desktops.

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Andrew.Hodge

I highly, highly doubt AMD as a company are going anywhere. There is a whole lot to the microprocessor market than just X86 chips, and even there where they obviously lose to Intel in single threaded benchmarks, they still have much higher performance per whatt and per clock than Intel in the super low power space, which is rapidly outgrowing HPC and desktops.

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praack

The bleed continues from the bulldozer fiasco, though he stayed through the first wave, now the second wave hit, no real improvement and his contract gave him a nice opt out.

it's tough to be a former amd fan and know you will be building intel next. and I have to advise all my freinds to go intel as well- even with the massive price difference.

shame

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Army Of One

Praak,

I'm not trying to insult you in any way so please don't take this the wrong way but what's the value in being a "fan" of a computer part?

I read in forums all the time with people calling each other "fanboys" as an insult but I just don't see the personal advantage of being loyal to a company that makes computer parts. I've gone from Nvidia to ATI and Intel to AMD (and back)more times than I can count. Whoever gives me the best bang for the buck is what I'll buy.

If AMD falls, so be it. Eventually they'll be another company to step up and take it's place. It's just the nature of things.

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Gezzer

I was once an AMD fanboi myself. I know I don't speak for anyone but myself, but I thought highly of AMD not just for their products, but how they operated as a company.
AMD was always the David to Intel's Goliath, and going back to the K6-2 days saw us more as customers then the shills Intel apparently saw us as. Intel sold both the CPU and chipsets back then and they were a very expensive part of a computer. I couldn't find any earlier prices then these.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Pentium_II_microprocessors
See how much a P2 300 originally cost? Almost 2 grand.

AMD prices were always more reasonable. Plus their CPUs were often as good as, if not better, then the equivalent Intel CPU. But due to a myth that dated from the K5 days of poor compatibility AMD had a hard time selling their products. Intel was in the drivers seat and they drove hard. After introducing the socket seven they quickly discontinued it to bring out the slot one. AMD jumped on the chance to support a socket that still had legs. Later on bringing out the super socket seven, which had everything a slot one board would have, but for a much lower price.
This continued till the Athlon 64x2. AMD always gave superior performance then Intel for a lower price. In fact they were the first to hit 1GHz. If it wasn't for AMD we'd be currently paying 2 grand for P4 CPUs. When Intel's dirty marketing ploys weren't enough, pressure from AMD made Intel a better CPU manufacturer. Anyone that uses a computer has a lot to be grateful for, and owe AMD a big word of thanks.

The only problem is when Intel finally pulled their collective heads out of their @sses and realized treating the customer right would make them a better and more profitable company AMD started to stumble.
And stumble, and stumble. And that leads us to where we currently are. AMD has innovated at every turn, but their execution sucks. They've been a day late and a dollar short too many times. And now Intel has pretty much the whole CPU market covered with not only better products, but products where the performance to dollar ratio is pretty good as well, what was always AMD's strong suite.

It's kind of sad really. I only hope we don't go back to the days where Intel could pretty much dictate what ever price they wanted.

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Neufeldt2002

Your last sentence is pretty much what will happen if Intel is the only player in the field.

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