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  • Advanced Micro Buys ATI, Graphics Maker, for $5.4 Billion

    July 24 (Bloomberg) -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the world's second-biggest semiconductor maker, agreed to buy ATI Technologies Inc. for $5.4 billion, adding computer-graphics chips to its product lineup.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...worldwide_news
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    Quite an interesting move, I wonder if AMD will be able to fine-tune the ATI graphics cards and persuade me to one-day make the switch from Nvidia
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    • #3
      I'm quit amazed, I always saw AMD <-> Nvidia as a good combination, better then AMD<->ATI, and now AMD is buying ATI. Amazing to me...
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      • #4
        Not too surprising...I would have thought it would happen sooner. I wonder if AMD is feeling the heat from Conroe and wants to appeal to gamers by developing a proprietary--but speedy--graphics/processor/motherboard packaged solution.

        I still prefer Intel generally but nVidia strongly. I hold to my belief that while both nVidia and ATI drivers suck now, nVidia drivers suck less.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by filburt1 View Post
          Not too surprising...I would have thought it would happen sooner. I wonder if AMD is feeling the heat from Conroe and wants to appeal to gamers by developing a proprietary--but speedy--graphics/processor/motherboard packaged solution.

          I still prefer Intel generally but nVidia strongly. I hold to my belief that while both nVidia and ATI drivers suck now, nVidia drivers suck less.
          Hmm interesting, I always found Nvidia drivers to be inferior. Anyway might be good news if they decide to do cheap bundles for gamers .

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Wynand View Post
            I'm quit amazed, I always saw AMD <-> Nvidia as a good combination, better then AMD<->ATI, and now AMD is buying ATI. Amazing to me...
            Nvidia is probably too expensive, but I am glad AMD did not buy them, as then I would be locked into using ATI on Intel platforms when I want to get rid of ATI and switch to Nvidia, as Nvidia is so close to AMD that a merger between the two of them would hurt my options on Intel platforms.

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            • #7
              As I understand it, AMD is moving to a more extensible HT system that will allow for multiple application-specific CPUs to run cooperatively. Maybe they want a GPU option too.

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              • #8
                I moved from AMD to Intel CPU
                And I moved from nVidia to ATI GPU

                I wonder what the mac pro will be .. intel core 2 extreme with nvidia instead of trusty apple+ati ? ......
                Looking forward to wwdc

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                • #9
                  I've only used ATI on my Macs and pick it because of "Hardware QuickTime acceleration." ATI and Apple go together…for me at least. I just bought a R9800 256MB for my MDD a couple months ago (for CoreImage for Aperture) but use the S-Video out for watching video on my TV now (DL.tv on a 29inch TV is so washed out at 640x480).

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                  • #10
                    It just stuck me. Intel relies on ATI's chipsets for its budget motherboards. If AMD buys ATI, Intel will probably lose its source of budget chipsets. That probably encouraged the deal. It would probably allow Intel to file an antitrust lawsuit against AMD.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Shining Arcanine View Post
                      It just stuck me. Intel relies on ATI's chipsets for its budget motherboards. If AMD buys ATI, Intel will probably lose its source of budget chipsets. That probably encouraged the deal. It would probably allow Intel to file an antitrust lawsuit against AMD.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Dean C View Post
                        Quite an interesting move, I wonder if AMD will be able to fine-tune the ATI graphics cards and persuade me to one-day make the switch from Nvidia
                        Nice reply was thinking the same.

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                        • #13
                          Ouch ..

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                          • #14
                            Is this confirmed? This has been reported at least three or four times in the past now.
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                            • #15
                              I think the buyout still needs approval from the ATI Shareholders.
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